Pope John Paul II the Biography

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9780671535414: Pope John Paul II the Biography

The definitive biography of Pope John Paul II -- by The American Expert on the Pope.

As the spiritual leader of nearly one billion Catholics and the head of the oldest universal organization, Pope John Paul II wields enormous international power and influence. Yet, in the seventeenth year of his papacy, he remains a mystery -- theologically, politically, and personally.

In this landmark, definitive new biography of the 264th pontiff, Tad Szulc, a former New York Times bureau chief and award-winning author, sheds long-awaited light on the life of Karol Wojtyla. Included are such exclusive highlights as: Wojtyla's life and work under Nazi occupation; the story of how the communists inadvertently helped Wojtyla to become a bishop, opening his way to the papacy; the secret police files revealing their attempt to undermine his cardinalship; and the never-before-revealed account of the Pope's backstage involvement in the downfall of Polish communism.

Drawing on Szulc's unprecedented access to the Pope himself, his friends, colleagues, and collaborators -- and on secret documents from many sources -- Pope John Paul II is a work of monumental religious and political significance.

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About the Author:

Tad Szulc is a former star foreign and Washington correspondent of the New York Times, who has covered major news stories on four continents and is the author of 18 books, including the landmark Fidel, a biography of Castro, Then and Now: How the World Has Changed Since World War II, and The Illusion of Peace, all of which have won Overseas Press Club Awards for the Best Book on Foreign Affairs. He is Knight of the French Order of the Legion of Honor and recipient of Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Gold Medal. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Born in 1920, Karol Wojtyla worked in factories and quarries while secretly studying for the priesthood in his native Poland during WWII. Historian Szulc renders a secular approach to the Pontiff's life. The solid, dry biography includes brief histories of both the Roman Catholic Church and the twentieth century. The narration is appropriately humble. Sommer's unremarkable voice and pacing support Szulc's objectivity. The production suffers from uneven recording levels on the first three sides. This problem becomes less evident on later tapes. D.W.K. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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