There is little in Bew's book but his analysis of Parnell's political action and his relationship to the English. There is almost nothing of value in understanding Parnell as a person. The book is poorly organized, tedious, and repetitious. It assumes the reader knows a lot about 19th century Irish politics and history and does not help those who do not. I was very disappointed in this book and think most will be.
I do not recommend the purchase of this book and think most people will learn more from the Wikipedia article on Parnell.