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Benedict XVI
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The first volume of Peter Seewald's long awaited, authoritative biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Foreword Part one the boy 1. Easter Saturday 2. The Impediment 3. The Dreamland 4. 1933: 'Holy Year' 5. The 'German Christians' 6. With Burning Concern 7. The Calm before the Storm 8. The Seminary 9. War 10. Resistance 11. The End Part two the master student 12. Zero Hour 13. The Scholars' Mountain 14. Guilt and Atonement 15. Upheaval in Thinking 16. The Glass Bead Game 17. Augustine 18. Storm and Stress 19. The Key Reading 20. The Major Orders 21. The Curate 22. The Examination 23. The Abyss 24. The New Heathens and the Church Part three the council 25. A Star is Born 26. The Network 27. Council 28. The Battle Begins 29. The Genoa Speech 30. The Spin Doctor 31. The World on the Brink 32. Seven Days That Changed the Catholic Church For Ever 33. German Wave 34. Power Sources 35. In the School of the Holy Spirit 36. The Legacy Notes Index

About the Author

Peter Seewald has worked as a journalist for Stern, Spiegel and the Suddeutsche Zeitung and is one of the most admired authors on religion in Germany today. His previous book of interviews with Pope Benedict Last Testament was widely reviewed in the religious and international press.

Reviews

Stimulating ... Readers will enjoy the thorough investigation of Ratzinger's intellectual development * Publishers Weekly *
Seewald artfully weaves together politics, church history, philosophy, and theology to show how these influenced and shaped the man who would become Pope Benedict XVI ... An engaging portrait that engrosses the reader in the subject. * Library Journal *
This massively researched, well-written biography of Joseph Ratzinger, a.k.a. Pope Benedict XVI, runs to a thousand pages and tells the reader everything one could want to know about Benedict's life and pontificate. * The Catholic Register *

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