Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II” as Want to Read:
The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing ...more
Audio, 0 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Pontiff in Winter, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Pontiff in Winter

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 80)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Pope John Paul II was a long time dying. Plagued by illness and accidents for over a decade, there seemed to be continuous speculation about his state of health. Yet he outlived many of those tapped to succeed him, and a good number of those who foretold his death. His determination to remain in office to the end generated enormous respect for the man, something reflected in the turnout at his funeral.

Most biographies of John Paul II have characterised him as a man of immovable integrity in a w
Fascinating book, I learned quite a bit that I did not know about how the current Vatican works. I didn't know much about the late Pope before reading this, and I'm not sure this was the best book to introduce myself to him with. I may have to read one that spends more time on his early years in order to be fair. Since I'm not Catholic and don't know much about the man I can't say if this is a fair book or if it is overly harsh, however I did not come out of reading it thinking he is a terrible ...more
Depaul University Libraries
he subject of this book is one pope, John Paul II. Published in the year before his death in 2005, The Pontiff in Winter examines the contradictions of his papacy and the contradictions of the man. In order to understand these inconsistencies, John Cornwell begins with a look at the early years of Karol Wojtyla as a child, young priest, pastor, poet, professor, bishop, and cardinal. But the true focus of this work is the latter period of John Paul’s long pontificate, the 1990s through 2004, and ...more
Jules Philip Hernando
There are some claims in this book that are captivating. And some parts, just trying too hard to push a thesis about the pope and how he administered his flock.

The book ends with a quotation from John Henry Newman. It is now my prayer for the Church and the present pope. I won't quote it so as not to preempt any reading.
Tony Canas
For what is supposed to be a look at the dark side of JPII's papacy this is actually a very balanced book that acknowledges the great things that the pope did, while also showing his darker side. I found it very informative and interesting. Well worth a read for any Catholic or academic student of Catholicism.
A balanced look at the substance of John Paul II's papacy useful in an era where so many remember only the style of his international profile. Worth reading at least the introduction and epilogue
Brian Reagan
Decent book overall, but the authors bias against how Rome conducts business is a little too extreme, and frankly they overhype the challenges with John Paul II's papacy.
very interesting, and accessible - I had no prior interest of knowldge but got right into this and read all the way through.
Terrific book. I especially learned alot about what the pope thought about women.

Oooops - I realise I have read this before and it is not interesting enough to plough through as a re-red.

Basia marked it as to-read
May 18, 2015
Pedro marked it as to-read
May 02, 2015
Greg marked it as to-read
Mar 09, 2015
Peter is currently reading it
Dec 03, 2014
Richard marked it as to-read
Nov 15, 2014
Mel Harvey
Mel Harvey marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2014
Papias marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2014
Doreen Petersen
Doreen Petersen marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2014
Robert added it
Jun 08, 2014
Argum added it
May 15, 2014
Cathy marked it as to-read
Mar 12, 2014
Becky marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2014
Chris Jensen
Chris Jensen marked it as to-read
Dec 09, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Hitler's Pope Hitler's Scientists: Science, War, and the Devil's Pact A Thief in the Night: Life and Death in the Vatican Seminary Boy: A Memoir The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession

Share This Book