The National Catholic Review

Books

  • November 10, 2014

    On May 17, 1918, the 28-year-old Eddie Rickenbacker and his friend Reed Chambers took off in their French-made Nieuports in search of German targets in the early morning skies of war-torn France. Rickenbacker had made his first kill just a few weeks before and he was gaining confidence, a quality he kept in good supply. But at 20,000 feet, oxygen flow to the blood and brain slows, judgment is impaired, and the open cockpit is freezing cold. Following Chambers...

  • November 10, 2014

    Simone Campbell, S.S.S., became semi-famous a few years ago, just when the self-identified progressive Catholic movement most needed an articulate, telegenic, activist nun who could “do” 21st-century-style media—especially television—and hold her own in a noisy, partisan realm where irony and mockery often act as news values.

  • November 10, 2014

    Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., has long been known as a major voice in liberation theology in general and in the particular role of education in promoting human liberation. In this present book, whose publication coincides more or less with the 25th anniversary of the violent death of Ellacuría, his Jesuit brothers and their two lay colleagues, he appears with far greater definition than heretofore in English-language publications.

  • November 10, 2014

    There are lives so fraught with moral significance that each generation must be reintroduced to them in order to preserve the health of civilization and hope for the future. For pacifists or, more aptly, for those seeking a stronger receptivity to nonviolence, these icons include Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King and, less familiarly for American Catholics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  • November 3, 2014

    William Egan Colby was born in 1920. Both his parents were devoted Roman Catholics and supporters of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and internationalist foreign policy. He graduated from Princeton University in 1940 and after the Pearl Harbor attack, Bill left Columbia Law School and joined the Army.

  • November 3, 2014

    Blood is often thicker than politics.

    In the spring of 1915, former President Theodore Roosevelt, his political career in tatters, was sued for libel for claiming in a speech that New York’s state Republican boss pushed “corrupt and machine-ruled government” as much as the Democratic bosses of Tammany Hall.

  • November 3, 2014

    When I first saw the gothic chapel at Princeton University many years ago, I was quite taken aback. It was large, beautiful inside and out with a spectacular stained glass window over the altar, and seemed surprisingly Catholic for a university that I had always taken to be professionally secular, neutral and mainly disinterested in religious matters. Margaret Grubiak’s book offers a great deal of enlightenment on the unusual circumstances and controversies...

  • October 27, 2014

    In 2007, a major secret in Jesuit education was revealed. When the wife of the late Hugh Grant, Jr., Lucie Mackey Grant, died, the fact that the Grant family had been almost single-handedly supporting Regis High School became public. Upon the death of her husband in 1910, Mrs. Julia Grant inherited $9,000,000 (roughly $200,000,000 today). Mrs. Grant purchased the land on 84th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, paid for the construction of Regis High School...

  • October 27, 2014

    As The National Catholic Reporter marks the 50th anniversary of its founding this October, it’s worth considering how long the odds were against the paper’s success. From the start, the editors had small budgets to finance their big dreams. Despite meager resources, the founders set out to create an independent newspaper that circulated nationally. They focused coverage on a set of self- described progressive issues, hardly the stuff of long-term, mass-market...

  • October 27, 2014

    My colleague from up the road, Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, has written an accessible, useful, intelligent book on a topic that concerns many of us in higher education and about which there has been much discussion of late.