The Guinnesses is the story of a family that turned a small 18th century legacy into a huge 20th century fortune, creating one of the world’s great brands and rising from “trade” into the highest levels of British aristocratic society in the 20th century.
This compelling, racy, epic biography tells how they weaved their way to wealth and social success through often troubled times. It covers their roles in Irish and British politics as well as business and society and the scandals and controversies which sometimes embroiled them, some of which never saw the light of day, like a 19th century sex scandal; others have been long-forgotten, like the murders of four of their employees in the west of Ireland and the financial skulduggery which accompanied their final step into the ranks of the super-rich in the late 19th century.
Full of insights and incidents, it covers a cast of characters – businessmen, politicians, socialites, explorers and eccentrics – from the God-fearing Arthur Guinness to the early death in 1992 of Benjamin Guinness, the last family member to sit on the board of the Guinness company.
As rich and rewarding as a pint of the black stuff … bubbles with fascinating stories throughout its 350 pages – John Spain, Irish Independent
Excellent … a stirring business guide and a rip-roaring trip through Ireland’s modern ages … a worthwhile read – Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post
The gripping tale of the family that developed, nurtured and maintained[the most iconic Irish brand of all time] is brilliantly captured …contains more genuine business insights than most business books.Outstanding – John Fanning, The Irish Times
Well-researched, elegantly written, well structured and cogent – Bryan O’Grady, Irish Examiner