Thomas Cahill





Thomas Cahill

Author profile


born
New York, The United States
gender
male

website


About this author

Born in New York City to Irish-American parents and raised in Queens and the Bronx, Cahill was educated by Jesuits and studied ancient Greek and Latin. He continued his study of Greek and Latin literature, as well as medieval philosophy, scripture and theology, at Fordham University, where he completed a B.A. in classical literature and philosophy in 1964, and a pontifical degree in philosophy in 1965. He went on to complete his M.F.A. in film and dramatic literature at Columbia University in 1968.

In anticipation of writing The Gifts of the Jews, Cahill studied scripture at Union Theological Seminary in New York, and spent two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he studied Hebrew and the Hebrew B
...more


Average rating: 3.80 · 31,991 ratings · 2,048 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
How the Irish Saved Civiliz...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 22,566 ratings — published 1995 — 34 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Gifts of the Jews: How ...
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,650 ratings — published 1998 — 29 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Mysteries of the Middle Age...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,350 ratings — published 2006 — 22 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: ...
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,932 ratings — published 2003 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Desire of the Everlasting H...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,584 ratings — published 1997 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Heretics and Heroes: How Re...
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 430 ratings — published 2013 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Saint on Death Row: The S...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 242 ratings — published 2009 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Pope John XXIII
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 2002 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jesus' Little Instruction Book
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1994 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Cahill Assortment
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Thomas Cahill…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“If there are no books. There is no civilization.”
Thomas Cahill

“Wherever they went the Irish brought with them their books, many unseen in Europe for centuries and tied to their waists as signs of triumph, just as Irish heroes had once tied to their waists their enemies' heads. Where they went they brought their love of learning and their skills in bookmaking. In the bays and valleys of their exile, they reestablished literacy and breathed new life into the exhausted literary culture of Europe.
And that is how the Irish saved civilization.”
Thomas Cahill

“The phrase "the violent bear it away" fascinated the 20th century Irish-American storyteller Flannery O'Connor, who used it as the title of one of her novels. O'Connor's surname connects her to an Irish royal family descended from Conchobor (pronounced "Connor"), the prehistoric king of Ulster who was foster father to Cuchulainn and "husband" of the unwilling Derdriu. In the western world, the antiquity of Irish lineages is exceeded only by that of the Jews.”
Thomas Cahill

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Next Best Boo...: Interesting Non Fiction 114 1136 Jun 11, 2009 05:55PM  
Pick-a-Shelf: 2010-07 - History - What will you read in July? 64 83 Jul 07, 2010 11:44AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Fall Challenge 2011 Completed Tasks - DO NOT DELETE ANY POSTS IN THIS TOPIC! 2272 640 Nov 30, 2011 09:05PM  
Goodreads Ireland: November Read: How The Irish Save Civilization 17 19 Dec 02, 2011 07:24AM  
The Book Challenge: Ellen's 2013 Book Challenges 29 246 Feb 17, 2013 02:26PM  
Chicks On Lit: Title and Author Game 4058 1589 Apr 16, 2013 09:48AM  
The History Book ...: This topic has been closed to new comments. ARCHIVE: PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF ~ 6652 3605 May 08, 2013 03:33PM  
The Next Best Boo...: This topic has been closed to new comments. The Title Game 20572 13640 May 30, 2013 12:53PM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Thomas to Goodreads.