Ever since Ireland joined the European Union in 1972, there has been a huge increase in publications relating to Business and Commerce. This took the form initially of books on Economics and the general trends, but as European Directives impinged more and more on the Commercial Life of the country, there was a significant growth in books on Business Law, leading to publications on Enterpreneurship, Management and focus on Employment and Markets. The resulting immigration into the country has also brought along its quota of books on Labour, How To Start a Business and Racial Issues.
Making Bread by Brody Sweeney, the founder of O'Brien's Sandwich Bars is a refreshingly honest, direct and jargon-free book; Brody shares his experience and advice on how to go about starting, establishing and most importantly growing and expanding a business. From the man who brought us Penny Apples, Bill Cullen's Golden Apples is another top book on how to take that all important first step in setting up your own business.
Books offering advice to budding business mogul’s including those by Donald Trump, by Michael Lewis and the best-selling Rich Dad, Poor Dad series have sold the rags to riches mentality to millions or ambitious readers worldwide.
Recent bestsellers have included publications criticising the economic policies which landed ordinary Irish people in a financial mire. The “Four Angry Men” as they were dubbed included Matt Cooper, Pat Leahy, Fintan O'Toole, Shane Ross; journalists whose books confronted the responsible parties on behalf of the people. These pop-economy books an unstoppable force, and inspired satirical works such as Pat Shortt’s Cures, Hoors and Floating Voters.