The book is a wonderful read. It brings to the light of the world a rather obscure life of a Catholic priest who belonged to the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts Fathers and worked in the mission of Hawaii. His devotion and dedication to the ministry in favor of the lepers and his eventual martyrdom as a leper seemed to have moved this non-Catholic writer to go into detailed research and strenuous investigation to bring out such a classic work on the subject.
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An absolutely fascinating book. (Washington Post)
Beautifully written, deeply perceptive. (Los Angeles Times)
Superb. The best account ever published of Father Damien and his long testing at Kalawao. (Honolulu Advertiser)
History with a very special human face ... examines the evidence sensitively and evocatively. (Journal of Pacific History)
May be the best biography of Damien yet written. Carefully researched and reported, the author’s fascination with the man and the disease is transmitted to the reader. (Library Journal)
"An absolutely fascinating book."
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