T. Ryle Dwyer is a historian and journalist. He took his PhD at the University of North Texas and lives in Tralee, County Kerry. He has written many books, notably on the period of the War of Independence and the Civil War, and on Eamon de Valera and Michael Collins. He is also an expert on relations between Ireland and the Allies during the Second World War. His Short Fellow: a Biography of Charles J. Haughey, was published by Marino Books in 1999.