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A Pope and a President : John Paul II, Ronald Regan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.

Author: Paul Kengor
Publisher: Newburyport : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2017.
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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 bond between the pope and the president ran deeper than anyone suspected, and that this bond drove the two leaders to confront what they knew to be the great  Read more...
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Kengor, Paul.
A Pope and a President : John Paul II, Ronald Regan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.
Newburyport : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kengor
ISBN: 9781504046916 1504046919
OCLC Number: 983733556
Description: 1 online resource (532 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; Prologue: May 13, 1981 Moscow Takes Its Shot; Part 1: Warnings and Beginnings; 1 May 13, 1917 An Echo; 2 October 26, 2017 The Devils Take Over; 3 May 1920-June 1922 A Birth in Poland and a Rebirth in the Midwest; Part 2: Persecutions and Errors; 4 1924-1939 The "Satanic Scourge" of Communism; 5 1939-1945 "Blood, Blood, Blood, and Again Blood"; 6 1945-1952 The Iron Curtain Descends; 7 1956-1963 Crushing Hungary and Smearing Pius XII; 8 November 22, 1963 Communism's Errors Reach Dallas; Part 3: Wojtyła and Reagan Rising. 9 1946-1959 Battling Communists in Poland and Hollywood10 The 1960s A Time for Choosing; 11 May 6, 1975 The Dry Martyrdom of Cardinal Mindszenty; 12 Summer of 1976 Two Freedom Fighters in America; 13 1977-1978 "We Win and They Lose"; 14 1978-1979 "Be Not Afraid"; 15 1980-1981 An Era of Renewal; Part 4: Game Changers; 16 March 30, 1981 A Bullet for a President; 17 March 29-30, 1981 The Soviet Invasion That Wasn't; 18 May 13, 1981 A (Soviet) Bullet for a Pope; 19 May-September 1981 Commencement; 20 December 13, 1981 Martial Law; 21 January-June 1982 Face to Face in the Vatican. 22 July-December 1982 Moscow Under Suspicion23 1983 Dealing with an "Evil Empire"; 24 March 25, 1984 The Consecration of Russia; 25 May 1984 Together Again; 26 October 19, 1984 The Martyrdom of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko; 27 March 1985 A New Kind of Soviet Leader; 28 May 1985 A President in Portugal; 29 May 1985 "The Russians Did It"; Part 5: Ending an Evil Empire; 30 November 1985-December 1987 The President and the "Closet Christian"; 31 December 8, 1987 An Immaculate Peace; 32 June-December 1987 Reagan's Fátima Briefing; 33 May-June 1988 Reagan's Mission to Moscow. 34 June 1988 Ending the Soviet "War on Religion"35 1989-1991 The Collapse of the Evil Empire; Part 6: Revelations and Goodbyes; 36 May 13, 2000 The Third Secret of Fátima-Revealed; 37 June 5, 2004 Ronald Reagan's Silent Goodbye; 38 April 2, 2005 Divine Mercy for John Paul II; Epilogue: June 27, 2011 Kindred Spirits, Kindred Souls; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index; Copyright Page.
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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 bond between the pope and the president ran deeper than anyone suspected, and that this bond drove the two leaders 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: In the spring of 1981, these world leaders took bullets from would-be assassins-within the span of six weeks. Kengor's unique access to Reagan insiders and his tireless archival research allows him to reveal previously unknown details, including: -The story of the 1982 meeting where the president and the 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 shot. Shortly after leaving the White House, Reagan told three men from the Polish Solidarity movement that John Paul II was his "best friend"--A telling indicator of the kinship and supreme objective that united these two towering figures.

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