James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar- in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a regular contributor to the Daily Beast. His critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.
Whatever the solution, in the end, unsderstanding the conflict is half the battle. It's a battle Carroll wins in this historical tome. Boston Magazine
Carroll, whose love for the catholic church...is not only matched by a lovingly critical eye...but an urgent plea that Rome set another course. Boston Globe A triumph, a tragic tale beautifully told. . .a welcome throwback to an age when history was a branch of literature. . .--Charles R. Morris Atlantic Monthly Fascinating, brave and sometimes infuriating. Time Magazine This searingly honest book is Augustinian in the way Carroll searches his own soul. . .--Garry Wills, author of Saint Augustine and Papal Sin This book is a history written to change the way people live.--Talk A deeply religious book.--Bishop Krister Stendahl, former Dean of Harvard Divinity School For two thousand years Jews have been longing for a Christian who would understand their experience.--Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College Sweeping. . . This magisterial work will satisfy Jewish and Christian readers alike, challenging both to a renewed conversation. Publishers Weekly, Starred