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John W. O'Malley S. J.
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O'Malley's emphasis on the importance of style is arguably his greatest contribution to understanding what happened at Vatican II
-- The Tablet, 18 October 2008

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During four years in session, Vatican Council II held television audiences rapt with its elegant, magnificently choreographed public ceremonies, while its debates generated front-page news on a near-weekly basis. By virtually any assessment, it was the most important religious event of the twentieth century, with repercussions that reached far beyond the Catholic church. Remarkably enough, this is the first book, solidly based on official documentation, to give a brief, readable account of the council from the moment Pope John XXIII announced it on January 25, 1959, until its conclusion on December 8, 1965.

About the Author

John W. O'Malley is University Professor at Georgetown University. His books include The First Jesuits, Trent and All That, and Four Cultures of the West (all from Harvard).
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