Whitaker's life spans the history of the Irish state in whose economic, social and cultural evolution he played an integral and influential role. his relationship with Irish and international political figures such as De Valera, Lemass, MacBride, Costello, Sweetman, Lynch, Haughey, FitzGerald, O'Neill, and Whitelaw;
Anne Chambers is the acclaimed author of the bestselling Granuaile: Grace O'Malley - Ireland's Pirate Queen, as well as biographies of Eleanor Countess of Desmond, Margaret Burke Sheridan, Lord Mayo and Prince Ranjitsinhji. From an earlier career in the Central Bank, Anne has enjoyed a close friendship with T.K. Whitaker and was given unrestricted access to his papers in her research for this biography.