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The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots: From Combat to Camelot to Katrina -- a memoir of an extraordinary life

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Hardcover, 457 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Our Sunday Visitor (first published May 17th 2010)
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Mike
Mar 30, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the Catholic Faith. New Orleans Catholics
Over the years I have enjoyed reading many biographies, from the rich and the famous to sports stars and even rock or television stars. This one was different as it was about one of the more prominent Catholic Figures in the US, one Archbishop Philip Hannon.

The good priest takes us on his life's journey from growing up in the DC area, to his seminary years both in the DC area and in Rome. Once he is ordained and serves in the Archdiocese of Washington DC for a few years, the tug of serving our c
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Ruth
Jan 09, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it

I live in suburban New Orleans and The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots has been on my "to be read" list for some time, so I grabbed it when I was offered a complimentary review copy by the Catholic Company. The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots is the memoir of Archbishop Philip Hannan, who was Archbishop of New Orleans from 1965 to 1988. Prior to that he served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Washington DC, where he was friends with the Kennedy family; indeed he was the preacher at John Kennedy's Funeral, an
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Fr. Ryan Humphries
Sep 17, 2012 Fr. Ryan Humphries rated it liked it
Shelves: catholic, biography
I had the privilege of serving many Holy Masses with the Archbishop. His life reads more like "Forrest Gump gets Ordained" than a true story, but it really happened that way. The telling is a exaggerated and the motives attributed to the players are lopsided. Abp. Hannan was not universally loved nor was he so instrumental to the situations he describes as this book relates, but he was a great man and I can't fault him too much for taking some liberties. He was still simply referred to as "The A ...more
Keegan Chopin
Jul 09, 2014 Keegan Chopin rated it it was ok
Archbishop Hannan was a great man with a fascinating life and a tremendous gift to the City of New Orleans. There is absolutely NO excuse for this book to be so boring and lifeless. Truly, one of the greatest literary disappointments of my life.
Amy
Sep 06, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
What an amazing life and a great storyteller!
John
Jan 16, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Hannan has had a remarkable life. The portions of his story prior to his arrival in New Orleans were more interesting than the experiences during his long career here. He may have held back a bit on his experiences with local politicians, but it was open, honest and informative. You would not have to be Catholic or even religious to gain from his perspectives. The book could have used a better fact checker as there are several minor errors, but it is a quality effort from an amazing man in his l ...more
Jean
Apr 20, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about the life of Archbishop Philip Hannan. Even you are not a Catholic this man led a very intersting life dedicating himself to his career choice and his love of his fellow man. How he managed to do all that he accomplished is amazing. It follows his upbringing, his choice to be a priest, his "assignments", his war efforts as a chaplain. I cannot recommend this book enough for those who like history through actual experiences.
Elizabeth
Jun 04, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, memoirs, 2012
Phillip Hannan did indeed lead an extraordinary life. The book is a simple recounting of the often historically significant events that made up his life.

It's a little on the dry side which is why I only gave it 3 stars. I read diligiently until the last third of the book and then I started skimming. As a primary source of information about the events of the past 100 years though, it is excellent.
EvaSaidIt
Oct 05, 2014 EvaSaidIt rated it it was ok
An extraordinary life should not be such a snoozefest torture of a read. And the repeated comments of praise for the oh-so-self-sufficient Vietnamese community in New Orleans after Katrina are lovely for what they say about the Vietnamese, but utterly insulting and borderline bigotedly ignorant for the story that's alluded to but completely left out.
Paul
Mar 05, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
If you are into 20th century Catholic hierarchy in the US, you should read this.
Renee
Jan 09, 2013 Renee rated it really liked it
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Very good book - didn't know what to expect with pictures of the Kennedys on the cover but Archbiship Hannan was a devout priest who lived a very long life
Gregory
Jun 24, 2011 Gregory rated it liked it
I enjoyed it though it began to drag for me. He is an admirable man.
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