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America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen

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It is hard to believe that this is the first and only full biography of Fulton J. Sheen, perhaps the most important American priest of the 20th century. Sheen was an enormously popular figure in his day, hosting radio and television programs that introduced and explained his faith to millions of listeners and viewers. (He even won an Emmy Award, and the actor Martin Sheen ...more
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This is the best biography on a figure too often forgotten outside of American Catholicism. Now up for canonization, Sheen is the single most important American Catholic orator of the 20th Century, and the author provides a superb narrative, although he sometimes defends Sheen more than Sheen might deserve. The story he tells, however, is fascinating. Sheen is an increasingly rare individual in his desire to become not just a priest but a bishop. The man excels in nearly every capacity except on ...more
Joseph Hanneman
A fascinating look at the greatest Catholic communicator of the 20th century. I was surprised to find that this was the first complete biography on Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Historian Thomas C. Reeves does not disappoint. The book gives deep insights into the man whose cause for sainthood is being considered at the Vatican. Pick up this book, and then get yourself audio CDs or MP3s of Sheen's radio talks and conferences. Very powerful.
This is a solid, well-researched biography that would have been better if Thomas Reeves had quoted Bishop Sheen more often, and covered Sheen's later life with the same enthusiasm that he shows for the telegenic priest's early academic triumphs.

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I loved this book! The author tried very hard to only present facts without displaying too much love of the bishop. It was great to have the life of Sheen alongside with current events that were going on to better understand his actions and where he was coming from. Most excellent book!
Well written readable biography about a great American Catholic whose life and work is fading from the public consciousness. I hope more mainstream historians and biographers will undertake Archbishop Sheen as a subject!
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