Vatican II- The Battle for Meaning is a well written and well informed, well documented chronological treatise of the primary points of view on the meaning of Vatican II. Maintaining a scholarly distance, and not taking sides, Professor Faggioli outlines, and provides pertinent details of the two dominant perspectives on Vatican II- ressourcement, or the desire to understand and return to the pre- Trent sources of Church identity, and aggiornamento, or renewal, bringing up to date, with a spirit of open-mindedness. The author describes both points of view, including ample quotations from theologians, cardinals, and scholars in a way that leads the reader to a well informed understanding of the "change in perspective" begun prior to, yet enunciated by the Vatican II Council.
Whether retrospective or prospective in our approach to the understanding of the nature of His calling, both individually and corporately, it is prudent to know the historical background of the events and thoughts prior to, during and after perhaps the most "unprecedented event" since the first church council (Acts 15).
I highly recommend Vatican II- The Battle for Meaning for those who seek a deeper knowledge of the issues that are "in play" shaping the self awareness of the Roman Catholic tradition of the one Christian faith.