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Piers Marchant is a journalist and editor who has published travel guides with Fodor's and Not for Tourists. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811852210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811852210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Piers Marchant on November 8, 2005
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Right. Well, yes, I'm biased, but I found it a bloody good read -- many facts and details about Popes -- as well as perfectly sound advice for incoming popes, all written in pithy little nuggets of information. Learn about the VC and all of its peculiar charms, become acquainted with the daily duties and responsibilities of the office, find out (extremely) hard-to-find details about the Pope's day-to-day living. Who does his laundry? What does he eat for breakfast? Who makes the Popemobile? And what's the deal with exorcisms, anyway? I don't need to tell you this would make a perfect gift this holiday season do I? I do? Well, then, there you are. Enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on February 12, 2006
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What a fun little book this is! I came across it by accident, read it from cover to cover in less than an hour, and couldn't have had a more enjoyable time.

The conceit of the book is that the reader has just been elected pope. What are the essentials that a new pope with no background would have to know about being pope and living in Vatican City? Mr. Marchant has gathered together the basics (clothes, buildings of the Vatican, staff, rituals, duties, travel, recreation and much more) and outlined them in a pleasant, easy-to-read fashion.

As a Catholic, I was particular pleased that the book is completely factual and unoffensive. Unless you are bothered by the idea of imaging yourself as pope, there is nothing here but history, geography and a light touch. Nothing to get angry about. So read it and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Worthan on January 30, 2010
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When I saw the title of this book, I expected it to be a book that was attacking my Church while "trying" to be funny. I have to say my expectations were proven to be wrong. It is a great little book that answers questions about the everyday life of the leader of my Church that I didn't even know I had! I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and was humbled. Kudos to the author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 6, 2006
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How To Be Pope: What To Do And Where To Go Once You're In The Vatican by Piers Marchant is a humorous approach to informing the reader of everything to do with being the Pope, and knowing the Vatican City. As a highly informative and instructional reference for the holy city and positioning, How To Be Pope is well written to cover every imaginable detail of being elected Pope, including the answers to questions like: who does my laundry?; can I keep a pet?; how do I make phone calls?; which hat do I wear when?; do I have a special wave? and many more interesting and fun facts. How To Be Pope is very highly recommended to all visitors of the Vatican City, as well as to those expecting to become elected as the next Pope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Feinstein on August 19, 2008
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Although I think the intent is comedy--and there a more than a few chuckles here--it is done in a format that sticks to the factual. I learned more about Papal customs and Vatican operations from this than I had ever even thought about. That being said, I am from a Jewish home, so take that with a grain of salt. Recommended.
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We're planning a trip to Rome and thought this would an interesting read before visiting the Vatican. I haven't read it yet but have had a pretty good preview through browsing it and through our 13 year old son's reading. He couldn't put this book down and read it in less than a day during which he was constantly and excitedly talking to us about incredible insider facts and historical notes about the Pope and the Vatican. His enthusiasm has made me look forward to it's rotation in my reading schedule. In short, we've already more than gotten our money's worth from this book and highly recommend it to other families.
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