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The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Popes and the Papacy Paperback – December 1, 2001

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About the Author

Brandon Toropov is a Boston-based writer whose published works include: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Along With Difficult People. Macmillan, March 1997. The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World's Religions, with Father Luke Buckles. Macmillan, August 1997. The Encyclopedia of Cold War Politics. Facts On File, Inc., July 2000. 50 Biggest Baseball Myths. Citadel Press, May 1997. How to Impress Anybody About Anything: Sound Smarter Than You Are About Everything from Aerodynamics to Zen Buddhism, with Leslie Hamilton. Citadel Press, December 1998. Who Was Eleanor Rigby el and 908 More Questions and Answers about the Beatles. HarperCollins, November 1996.

Mr. Toropov is also the author of a number of plays. These include Seven Affidavits on Authority, produced in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, in 2000; An Undivided Heart, workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference in 1994; and The Job Search, produced at the Manhattan Punch Line in 1987.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (November 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028642902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028642901
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 9, 2002
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Found this book quite insightful. Kept my interest throughout. I learned many facts about both the Pope and the Papacy that I never knew. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to explore the origins of Catholicism.
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I am a Roman Catholic, but I realized I really knew very little about the papacy until I got this book. It is a little out of date because the last Pope mentioned is John Paul II. However, it is still very useful. There are a huge variety of men who have occupied this office. Some only lived a few days after being selected, and a few lasted more than 20 years. Some of the stories are wild. For example, there was one pope who was so hated by some cleargy that after he died, his corpse was exhumed from the grave, dressed up and put on trial in the Vatican. After he was found guilty, the corpse was dismembered, and the parts thrown into the Tiber river. Then there was a boy pope who was elected at the age of 19 or 20. He liked to frequent brothels in Rome, and was notorious for his salacious behavior. Some years ago, there was a made for TV movie entitled "Pope Joan". Although it was an entertaining movie, according to this book, it never happened. Even if you are not Roman Catholic, you should still find this an entertaining and fascinating introduction to the papacy. I highly recommend it.
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NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WHO IS THIS NEW CLOWN THAT CALLS HIMSELF FRANCIS. THERE ARE NO MORE POPES ACCORDING TO PROPHECY OF A DECLARED SAINT (MALACHY) BY THE PAPACY. CATHOLICS NEED TO STOP WORSHIPING THE POPE AND THE POPE SHOULDN'T BE LIVING SO EXTRAVAGANTLY IN A MANSION AND COMPOUND THAT HE HAS.
MOVE OUT OF THE WAY SO THE KING CAN TAKE HIS THRONE!!! WHAT, ARE YOU WAITING FOR A SIGN WHICH YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE AS WAS WRITTEN THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE.
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I like this series and I was happy with this book. I am just sorry that a few things were left out like why was mandatory celibacy was introduced. (So that the Church could better control the clergy)But like I said its a good introduction to a very old and complex subject.
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