"A brilliant guide for the layman . . . a deft dissection of social mores. It is all great fun and, you′ll probably recognize yourself somewhere in there."
"A great read . . . David McWilliams is Ireland′s most talked about young economist, often credited with coining the phrase Celtic Tiger. The Pope′s Children not only explains how our economic boom got going, but how it changed people′s lives here, not always for the better."
John Spain, Irish Voice
"The definitive description of the Ireland we live in. Read it and weep."
"It′s like Tom Wolfe meets the Celtic Tiger. . . . It is bright, pacy, clever and entertaining, irreverent and full of attitude."
Jim O′Leary, Irish economist, The Village Magazine
"This is economics with soul. . . . If you want to know what modern Ireland
is really like, this is the book to read."
Nick Rossiter, Rumbles.net
"Brilliant and funny."
Part I. Where Are We Now And How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 1. Full–On Nation.
Chapter 2. The Great Blurring.
Chapter 3. The Pope′s Children.
Chapter 4. The Kells Angels.
Chapter 5. The Expectocracy.
Chapter 6. Property Porn.
Chapter 7. Vorsprung Durch Kredit.
Chapter 8. RoboPaddy.
Chapter 9. The Protestant Catholics.
Chapter 10. The Economics of Envy.
Part II. Two Tribes: The Decklanders And The Hicos.
Chapter 11. Intermezzo.
Chapter 12. Deckland A State of Mind.
Chapter 13. Deckland Awakes.
Chapter 14. Destiny′s Child in Deckland.
Chapter 15. Deckland Dines Out.
Chapter 16. Seducing Breakfast Roll Man.
Chapter 17. Opposition to Deckland.
Chapter 18. The HiCo Emerges.
Chapter 19. The New Elite.
Chapter 20. The Early Years Gaelscoileanna.
Chapter 21. HiCo Habits.
Chapter 22. How to Spot a HiCo.
Chapter 23. HiCos Dine In.
Chapter 24. The Returned HiCo.
The Boston Globe, March 17, 2008)
"brilliant, eminently readable...indispensable for those who want to understand how Ireland went from being one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the richest..." ––Boston Globe