1775 to 1939 via the lives of five great popes, all named Pius. Occasionally the reigns of several kings reflect the history of a country. Rarely, however, do we see the trend of world events so clearly traced as in the stories linking these holy men. Three pursued and tormented by revolution and captors, two overshadowed by modernism and the sinister form of war and world unrest. Their charity, perspicacity and courage make remarkable reading, and their lives are well recorded by a convert. For all denominations.