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The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date September 14, 2010
Pages 590
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385524797
ISBN-10 038552479X
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2.20 lbs.
Original list price $32.50
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history.”
 
With these words, world-renowned author and NBC Vatican analyst George Weigel begins his long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II. More than ten years in the making, 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 new and recently disclosed information and brings to a close Weigel’s landmark portrait of a man who not only left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church, but also 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 Wojty³a. But in a very short time he would ignite a revolution of conscience in his native Poland that would ultimately lead to the collapse of European communism and death of the Soviet Union. What even fewer people knew was that the KGB, the Polish Secret Police, and the East German Stasi had been waging a dangerous, decades-long war against Wojty³a and the Vatican itself. Weigel, with unprecedented access to many Soviet-era documents, chronicles John Paul’s struggle against the dark forces of communism.
 
Moreover, Weigel recounts the tumultuous last years of John Paul’s life as he dealt with a crippling illness as well as the “new world disorder” and revelations about corruption within the Catholic Church. Weigel’s thought-provoking biography of John Paul II concludes with a probing and passionate assessment of a man who lived his life as a witness to hope in service to the Christian ideals he embraced.

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Hardcover
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from Doubleday (September 14, 2010); titled "The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy"
9780385524797 | details & prices | 590 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.20 lbs | List price $32.50
This edition also contains The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II--The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
About: “As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history.
Paperback
Large print edition from Random House Large Print (September 21, 2010); titled "The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II-The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy"
9780739377611 | details & prices | 1127 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 2.40 lbs | List price $33.00
This edition also contains The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II-The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
CD/Spoken Word
With Stefan Rudnicki (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (September 21, 2010); titled "The End And The Beginning: Pope John Paul II-The Victory Of Freedom, The Last Years, The Legacy"
9780307715494 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $45.00
This edition also contains The End And The Beginning: Pope John Paul II-The Victory Of Freedom, The Last Years, The Legacy
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385524797
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Doubleday (September 14, 2010)
9780385524797 | details & prices | 590 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.20 lbs | List price $32.50
This edition also contains The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul Ii--the Struggle for Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy
About: “As March gave way to April in the spring of 2005 and the world kept vigil outside the apostolic palace in Rome, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, then drawing to a poignant end, was already being described as one of the most consequential in two millennia of Christian history.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385524803
 
from Image Books (November 1, 2011)
9780385524803 | details & prices | 590 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $17.99

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