If another biography of Pope John XXIII is needed, then Mr. Elliott's book will do as well as any other. It plows the already well-turned furrows of John's birth and childhood, his seminary life, his career as a young priest and then as a prelate and, finally, as pope, with emphasis on the two things for which John is most remembered: his innate goodness and his convocation of Vatican II. There are the commonly recounted anecdotes, a few which are told here for the first time. These things flow smoothly from the author's pen; and if one had not read almost ali of them before in other biographies and narratives -- in Meriol Trevor and Elizabeth Sheehan and even Alden Hatch, among others -- the book could be described as an inspiring popular biography of the most simpatico pope of modern times. As it is, however, it must be listed only as the latest in a series of acceptable works, none of which far exceeds the others in depth either of coverage or analysis.
Pub Date: June 7, 1973
Page Count: -
Publisher: Reader's Digest Press -- dist. by Dutton