America's Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen

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Encounter Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 479 pages
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Fulton J. Sheen, the leading American Catholic of the twentieth century, became familiar to a generation of Americans as the radiant figure in full bishop's robes who held the nation spellbound during the 1950s on his television show, 'Life Is Worth Living'. The American Catholic Church's most charismatic presence over several decades, Sheen was also its chief evangelist. Among his thousands of converts were celebrities such as Clare Booth Luce and Henry Ford II, and former communists Louis Budenz and Elizabeth Bentley. Reeves discusses these conversions and Sheen's close friendship with J. Edgar Hoover, and details for the first time the struggle between Sheen and his chief rival, Francis Cardinal Spellman, a battle of ecclesiastical titans that led all the way to the Pope and to Sheen's final humiliation and exile. The result of interviews with dozens of Sheen's friends, family members and church colleagues and the unearthing of important new material at the Sheen Archives in Rochester, New York, this is an in depth portrait of this flamboyant churchman and intellectual, and a social history of Catholicism in America during the twentieth century.

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User Review  - Roberto - Goodreads

Well written readable biography about a great American Catholic whose life and work is fading from the public consciousness. I hope more mainstream historians and biographers will undertake Archbishop Sheen as a subject! Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph Hanneman - Goodreads

A fascinating look at the greatest Catholic communicator of the 20th century. I was surprised to find that this was the first complete biography on Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Historian Thomas C ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
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one A Successor of the Apostles
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two The Taste of Champagne
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Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Thomas C. Reeves is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside and Senior Fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Institute. The author of The Life and Times of Joe McCarthy and the best-selling A Question of Character: A Life of John F. Kennedy, he lives in Franksville, Wisconsin.

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