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Witness To Hope - Softcover - The Biography Of Pope John Paul II

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Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel

This international bestseller is the official biography of Pope John Paul II written by acclaimed author, George Weigel. The book traces the life of the pope from his childhood in Poland to the Great Jubilee. The book contains black and white and color pictures of the pope throughout his life.

Given unprecedented access to Pope John Paul II and the people who have known and worked with him throughout his life, George Weigel presents a groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a man, a thinker, and a leader whose religious convictions have defined a new approach to world politics—and changed the course of history.

Included in the dramatic story of Pope John Paul II are fresh translations of his poetry; detailed personal anecdotes of the Pope as a young man, priest, and friend, sketched by those who knew him best; and in-depth interviews with Catholic leaders throughout the world. A magisterial biography, Witness to Hope is an extraordinary testimony to the man and his accomplishments, and a papal biography unlike any other. Illustrated

"A fascinating chronicle...Sheds light on the history of the twentieth century for everyone. Weigel's portrait offers telling details about what the pope is like offstage."
- The New York Times Book Review

"A tremendous achievement."
- The Washington Post

"By far the most authoritative and encyclopedic biography to date."
- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The first true biography of the last giant of the century."
- L'Express (Paris)

"A monumental biography...An indispensable document for understanding the history of the last quarter of the century."
- Le Monde (Paris)

"An infinity of secret doors, private archives, and the memories of the leading characters has been opened to Weigel...Rich in revelations and reconstructions of the life of John Paul II."
- Il Messaggero (Rome)

A Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, George Weigel is a Roman Catholic theologian and one of America's leading commentators on religion and public life. His fourteen books include The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism.

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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 5 stars overall. An Unsurpassed Biography of John Paul II

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In Witness to Hope, George Weigel attempts a comprehensive biography of Pope John Paul II. Although there have been other books on the Holy Father's life, Weigel recognizes deficiencies in these various accounts and hopes that, by telling the Pope's story "from the inside," he can portray a more accurate picture. Clearly the book is important for a Catholic audience since it purports to be the most authoritative account of the Holy Father's life and significance.

Even for non-Catholics this is a monumental work, since it is, as Zbigniew Brzezinski says on the book's jacket, "the best book on the remarkable life of a truly historic figure." Insofar as it is possible to pen a definitive biography while the subject lives, Weigel has accomplished his task. Other treatments of the Pope have focused on his philosophy or appreciated his role in world affairs, but no previous effort has shown so convincingly Full Review...


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