An Irish epic, The Maximalist documents in unflinching detail and with great subtlety the meteoric rise and slow unravelling of an Irish icon.
`Biography of the Year.' The Sunday Times
`Biography of the Year.' Sunday Business Post
`Well-written and well-timed. Mr O'Reilly - all of him - is all here.' The Financial Times
`Exhilarating.' The Irish Examiner
`A thorough and dramatic account of a life that encompasses sport, business, media, speculation and family drama.' The Sunday Independent
`Brilliantly researched and scrupulously balanced ... A compellingly psychological portrait that will surely be the last word on its subject for a long time.' The Sunday Business Post
`A discerning and intriguing analysis of both O'Reilly's ascent to billionaire and his crash to bankruptcy.' The Irish Mail on Sunday
Matt Cooper is the presenter of `The Last Word' on Today FM, one of the nation's most popular radio shows. In over twenty years as a reporter (Business & Finance, Sunday Business Post, Irish Independent) and editor (Sunday Tribune), and now as a broadcaster and columnist (Irish Daily Mail), Matt Cooper has enjoyed access to the most significant people in Irish politics and business, putting him in an unrivalled position to assess and interpret the actions of Ireland's most powerful figures. He is the author of two bestselling books, Who Really Runs Ireland? (2009) and How Ireland Really Went Bust (2011). He also narrated the acclaimed documentary Dennis Rodman's Big Bang in Pyongyang (2015) after he travelled with the basketballer to North Korea in 2014. He is a television sports host with TV3 and presented the station's 2015 Rugby World Cup coverage. From Cork, he lives in Dublin with his wife and their five children.