- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (28 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752498975
- ISBN-13: 978-0752498973
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,057,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Subdued Fires: An Intimate Portrait of Pope Benedict XVI Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Garry O'Connor is a theater director and the author of "Universal Father: A Life of Pope John Paul II" and "William Shakespeare: A Popular Life."
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Top Customer Reviews
In rather dark and horrifying detail, the author captures the ambiguous role the Catholic Church played during Hitler's meteoric rise and illustrates how Benedict was affected in his chequered journey as Pope - including the child abuse scandals and the reasons he stepped down at the end. I found myself wondering how the author had managed to find so many fresh and unusual sources of information.
A must read for anyone who believes character is fate. A compact and extremely readable picture of the man who goverened the world's billion+ Catholics.
The proof reader has missed inaccuracies,to mention two,Pope Francis is seventy seven,not sixty seven and it was Chris Patten and not John who was asked to manage Pope Benedict's visit to the United Kingdom.
This book is multifaceted , learned,nuanced and unputdownable- the most recent oeuvre of a well-established and insightful writer.
I recommend it to all Catholic or not who wish to gain a good understanding of one of the key figures of our age.
In this world of celebrity gossip and face book phantasmagoria I admit that one of my great pleasures is to sit over a meal and a good bottle of wine and having a real discussion about a significant public figure with someone who thinks deeply and presents me with thought provoking information; the dark and light of a real man not a PR image creation. This book is for me one of my 'good meals' with a man I know and respect. He talks about this 'gentle' Pope and sets one thinking and wanting to enquire more: here are childhood days, student years, some youth during Hitler's Reich, military service, an intellect grappling with Vatican politics and of course his dealing or not dealing with the child abuse scandals of his final years. It is no character assassination, it is an effort to reveal the whole man. For me it explains how such a Pope has been ground into submission by the complexity of the Vatican manoeuvres and Papal power in the divine games of 'Rome'. I congratulate Garry O' Connor - Five Stars! I raise my glass. I'd like to share a meal and a glass of wine with him.