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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
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Published September 1st 2004 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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James
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
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Leslie
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
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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.
Cappy
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.
Jenny
very interesting, and accessible - I had no prior interest of knowldge but got right into this and read all the way through.
Kathleen
Terrific book. I especially learned alot about what the pope thought about women.
Bettie☯


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

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