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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
Sep 04, 2012 Charlie Bone rated it really liked it
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
Gary
Jun 18, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it
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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Joe Dettelis
Nov 01, 2014 Joe Dettelis rated it it was amazing
We American's got short changed on what this man was doing throughout his entire Pontificate >>> 1978 to 2005! If you lack a depth of knowledge about Saint John Paul II you want to read this book. What he did and who he is will astound you. You can pick this book up really cheap at Amazon via this link: Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Pope John Paul II :))+*
Patrick
Dec 04, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it
An admirable effort in documenting the life and work of Pope John Paul II. I thought that the part of the book documenting the early life of John Paul was better written than the latter, which gradually became a listing of facts and events.

While this book does not by any means replace George Weigel's two books on John Paul, it represents a view of his life from a different, albeit more secular, perspective.
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