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Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II

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Publishers Weekly Book of the Year
Booklist Editor's Choice, 1997
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published January 1st 1997)
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Charlie Bone
Learned more about the politics in Poland re: solidarity than I ever knew - and I knew practically nothing. Highly detailed, lays out John Paul's incredible integrity and character, and commitment to a set of ideals that he championed regardless of effect. You do get some understanding of his certainty with respect to celibacy, premarital sex, the decline of advantaged and wealthy countries, liberation theology, radical priests, Marxism, Democracy, and the financial chicanery of the Vatican bank ...more
Kwitny has written an absorbing biography that is neither hyperventilatingly in awe nor blindly critical of Karol Wojty³a and his pontificate. It's a very human picture we get of an impressive man who has his own blindness (though "shortsightedness" would be a better description).
One thing that stands out is Wojty³a's desire for peace that sometimes leads to interesting contradictions. For example, his interfaith meetings and his desire to heal both the Orthodox/Catholic and the Anglican/Catholi
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