Twelve heroes and one monstrous creation
Five books telling true stories about Irish men, women and institutions both inspire and enlighten, writes Gene Kerrigan
These days, we've got used to the end-of-year arrival of a flock of books that assess political and current affairs. They're an alternative to the incessant torrent of news.
Hourly, we endure waves of assertion, followed by eruptions of indignation, followed by new waves of speculation - leaving us with no chance to form an opinion before we're overrun by the next wave of allegations.
Books take the time to attempt a summing up of where we are and what really matters.