The End And The Beginning: Pope John Paul II- The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy tells the dramatic story of the Pope's battle with communism in light of recently disclosed and previously classified documents and brings to conclusion Weigel's landmark portrait of man who left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church and changed the course of world history. When he was elected pope in the fall of 1978, few people had ever heard of the charismatic Karol Wojtyla. But in a very short time he would ultimately lead to the collapses of European communism and the death of the Soviet-era files, chronicles John Paul's struggles against the dark forces of communism.
Weigel then recounts the tumultuous last year of John Paul's life as he dealt with a crippling illness, the new world disorder, and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church. This thought-provoking and authoritative biography of John Paul II concludes with a probing and comprehensive assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced.
Review on the Book
"This book is the Rosetta stone of John Paul II's life legacy. Only George Weigel's masterful combination of rare opportunities with rarer intuitive and analytic skills could do justice to John Paul II's epic life, which changed the world. More than a sequel to Witness to Hope, this is the climax-interpretive like no other."-Carl A. Anderson Supreme Knight.
Hardcover, 590 pp.