Record Details

Catalog Search

A pope and a president : John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the extraordinary untold story of the 20th century / Paul Kengor.

Kengor, Paul, 1966- (author.).

Currently available copies

  • 3 out of 3 copies are currently available at PINES.

Current holds

0 current holds on 3 total copies.

Library System: Library Branch Name
Find the name of the library system and branch closest to you.
Shelving Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Status
Hall County Library System:
      Gainesville Branch
(Send Call No. in Text Message)
31025003981362 Available
Middle Georgia Regional Library:
      Washington Memorial Library
(Send Call No. in Text Message)
31033010799454 Available
Mountain Regional Library System:
      Union County Public Library
(Send Call No. in Text Message)
31035006650740 Available

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781610171434
  • ISBN: 1610171438
  • Physical Description: x, 637 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Wilmington, Delaware : ISI Books, [2017]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Prologue: May 13, 1981 : Moscow Takes Its Shot -- Part 1: Warnings and Beginnings -- May 13, 1917 : An Echo -- October 26, 2017 : The Devils Take Over -- May 1920-June 1922 : A Birth in Poland and a Rebirth in the Midwest -- Part 2: Persecutions and Errors -- 1924-1939 : The "Satanic Scourge" of Communism -- 1939-1945 : Blood, Blood, Blood, and Again Blood -- 1945-1952 : The Iron Curtain Descends -- 1956-1963 : Crushing Hungary and Smearing Pius XII -- November 22, 1963 : Communism's Errors Reach Dallas -- Part 3: Wojtyla and Reagan Rising -- 1946-1959 : Battling Communists in Poland and Hollywood -- The 1960s : A Time for Choosing -- May 6, 1975 : The Dry Martyrdom of Cardinal Mindszenty -- Summer of 1976 : Two Freedom Fighters in America -- 1977-1978 : "We Win and They Lose" -- 1978-1979 : "Be Not Afraid" -- 1980-1981 : An Era of Renewal -- Part 4: Game Changers -- March 30, 1981 : A Bullet for a President -- March 29-30, 1981 : The Soviet Invasion That Wasn't -- May 13, 1981 : A (Soviet) Bullet for a Pope -- May-September 1981 : Commencement -- December 13, 1981 : Martial Law -- January-June 1982 : Face to Face in the Vatican -- July-December 1982 : Moscow Under Suspicion -- 1983 : Dealing with an "Evil Empire" -- March 25, 1984 : The Consecration of Russia -- May 1984 : Together Again -- October 19, 1984 : The Martyrdom of Father Jerzy Popieluszko -- March 1985 : A New Kind of Soviet Leader -- May 1985 : A President in Portugal -- May 1985 : "The Russians Did It" -- Part 5: Ending an Evil Empire -- November 1985-December 1987 : The President and the "Closet Christian" -- December 8, 1987 : An Immaculate Peace -- June-December 1987 : Reagan's Fátima Briefing -- May-June 1988 : Reagan's Mission to Moscow -- June 1988 : Ending the Soviet "War on Religion" -- 1989-1991 : The Collapse of the Evil Empire -- Part 6: Revelations and Goodbyes -- May 13, 2000 : The Third Secret of Fátima, Revealed -- June 5, 2004 : Ronald Reagan's Silent Goodbye -- April 2, 2005 : Divine Mercy for John Paul II -- Epilogue: June 27, 2011 : Kindred Spirits, Kindred Souls.
Summary, etc.: "Although historians are increasingly giving Reagan and John Paul II due credit for their roles in ending the Cold War, Kengor reveals the depth and significance of the bond between the president and the pope. New details based on the author's unique access to Reagan insiders and his tireless archival research are provided. The role of the Marian apparition at Fatima on May 13, 1917 is explored as key to understanding both the bond between JP II and Reagan and the narrative of what they considered a divine plan to end communism in the USSR and Eastern Bloc, especially Poland, which is seen as the linchpin"-- Provided by publisher.
"In this fascinating new book, acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor tells the untold story of the partnership between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how together they changed the course of world history. Kengor shows that the bonds between the pope and the president ran deeper than anyone has suspected, and that these bonds drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism. Reagan and John Paul almost didn't have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, these world leaders took bullets from would-be assassins. Kengor's unique access to Reagan insiders and his tireless archival research allows him to reveal previously unknown details, including: The inside story on the 1982 meeting where the president and pope confided their conviction that God had spared their lives a year earlier for the purpose of defeating the communist empire. Captivating new information on the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, including a heretofore-unreported secret investigation Reagan authorized--was Moscow behind the plot? The many similarities and the spiritual bond between the pope and the president--and how Reagan and a close adviser privately spoke of the 'DP': the Divine Plan to take down communism. New details about how the Protestant Reagan became fascinated by the 'secrets of Fatima,' dating to the reported apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal, starting on May 13, 1917--sixty-four years to the day before the attempt on John Paul's life An extraordinary insider account of how the Soviet Union may have been preparing to send troops into the Pope's native Poland and impose martial law in March 1981--only to pull back when news broke that Reagan had been shotShortly after leaving the White House, Reagan told three men from the Polish Solidarity movement that John Paul II was his 'best friend.' That may seem overstated, but it is a telling indicator of the kinship and supreme objective that united these two towering figures"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Reagan, Ronald.
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005.
Reagan, Ronald > Political and social views.
John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 > Political and social views.
Presidents > United States > Biography.
Popes > Biography.
Anti-communist movements > History.
United States > Foreign relations > Soviet Union.
Soviet Union > Foreign relations > United States.
World politics > 1945-1989.
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General.

Additional Resources