This book by Liaquat Ahamed (with photos by Eli Reed) provides a “behind the scenes” narrative of how the IMF operates, including a substantial section on its role in the Irish crisis. It is an unusual book, with lots of photos (it is not possible to buy an e-book version) and is collaboration between Writers in Residence, Visual Editions and Magnum Photos.
One interesting passage on page 111 (as part of the book’s coverage of the role of Ashoka Mody):
“During the annual review in 2009, and again in early 2010, Mody urged Lenihan to take advantage of the IMF’s credit facilities and borrow pre-emptively. Mody saw this both as a way of shoring up Ireland’s finances and using the IMF imprimatur to bolster foreign confidence in Ireland. But both times, either Lenihan was not himself persuaded, or he was unable to convince his cabinet colleagues.”