What other readers said about this book:
Toland is perhaps one of the most interesting characters in Irish history. He rose from obscurity in county Donegal to be a leading figure on the European stage, whose writings influenced princes and politicians. Duggan ... presents a brief, readable account of Toland and his times, quoting his subject and others extensively, and providing ... facsimiles ... a chronology ... bibliography of Toland's philosophical and political writings. - Books Ireland, December 2010.
A concise introduction to the Irish Voltaire. - Karl Janssen, Old Books by Dead Guys
Not a complete biography of John Toland, but a concise summary of his philosophical career. … The author gives a good sense of the personality of the man. … who not only welcomed … controversy but enthusiastically pursued it. … Its value is increased by a comprehensive bibliography of Toland's works. Anyone looking to learn more about this lesser-known figure of the Enlightenment should consider this a useful addition to their Kindle library. - Karl Janssen, Old Books by Dead Guys
A work with a clear sense of vindication. It is a work that aims to awaken interest in the philosophy of John Toland, calling on the youth of Ireland in particular to re-discover an author who is "one of their most far-sighted and forward thinking. - Jordi Morillas, Agon (translated from the Spanish original).
Toland was a remarkable scholar who professed, in Duggan's interpretation, what we would now call liberalism: freedom of information and conscience, rights for Jews and people of all religions, a fair judiciary. He also had insight into early Irish texts. ... Congratulations to Duggan for reminding us of the life of this strange and unique thinker. - Rory Brennan, Books Ireland, February 2013.