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Learn the History of One City, through One Special Life

9780553418903By George Weigel, author of City of Saints: A Pilgrimage To John Paul II’s KRAKóW (Image, October 2015)

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There are many ways to learn a city, but learning it through the life of one of its greatest sons may be as good an introduction as any. Especially when the city is historic, beautiful Kraków, and the son is Karol Wojtyła, who would become Pope St. John Paul II.

Wojtyła spent exactly forty years in Krakow, as student, priest, university lecturer and chaplain, and archbishop. Between 1938 and 1978, the drama of the city he called “my beloved Kraków” worked its way into the texture of his mind and soul: Kraków’s love of freedom; Kraków’s tolerance and civility; Kraków’s life as an artistic and intellectual center; Kraków as a city of saints. When he was called from Kraków to Rome by the conclave that elected him pope, Wojtyła took that Cracovian experience with him. And then, as Pope John Paul II, he used the best of Kraków’s history and culture to bend the curve of the future in a more humane direction, using distinctively Cracovian themes and tools to lead the revolution of conscience that would eventually breach the Berlin Wall and end the division of Europe. (more…)

November 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

“Genius” Grant Winner Matthew Desmond on Eviction, Poverty and Profit in the American City

9780553447439By Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown, March 2016)

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I began this project because I wanted to write a different kind of book about poverty in America. Instead of focusing exclusively on poor people or poor places, I began searching for a process that involved poor and well-off people alike. Eviction—the forced removal of families from their homes—was such a process. Little did I know, at the outset, how immense this problem was, or how devastating its consequences. (more…)

November 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment


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