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Anura Gurugé started computer programming in 1969. He worked for the likes of IBM, ITT and BBN, and was, for two decades, a leading authority on IBM networking. Writing, however, per a family tradition, has been a consuming pastime since the early 1980s. His first book was published in 1984. Four further books on technology as well as over 350 technical publications followed. Around 2006, with IBM networking an oxymoron, he turned his attention to papal history, art and astronomy. His last three books are: ‘Popes and the Tale of Their Names’ (2008), ‘Teischan’s ABC Book on Great Artists’ (2008) and ‘The Next Pope’ (2010). He has three daughters and one son.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463511825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463511821
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) a long time ago, came of age in Britain (an Anglophile to the core), and have lived in the U.S. since 1985.
For over 30 years I tried to make a living in the computer industry and was employed by the likes of IBM, Wang and BBN. Due to a genetic disposition, writing, however, is my weakness. I wrote my first book in 1983, 500 pages in longhand, in pencil, distrusting early PCs and too inept to use a typewriter. It was about a networking architecture, now long obsolete. The book, nonetheless, is still available here. Since then, I have written four other dense books on technology and upwards of 350 published articles.
Sometimes when the planets are propitiously aligned, I produce graphic marketing collateral for select clients and creates image-laden Web sites. I also maintain a number of rather popular blogs. Many are to do with popes but one is about Windows 7!
My first name means 'a guiding light,' while 'Guruge' stands for 'from the house of the teacher.' Both my parents were teachers. I have also taught, albeit grad and post-grad classes. But, this said, I am not sure whether I have ever lived up to my name.
My mother, and since then quite a few others, refered to me as 'Anu.' In my thirties I discovered that Babylonians paid homage to an 'Anu.' My mother was unlikely to have known that. I have never had any desire to change any of my names.
I have a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of London and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Technology from the University of Wales. Having once lived in the original Hampshire, I now live in New Hampshire.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Trauernicht on April 5, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's far and away the most comprehensive I've seen on the subject (and I've read a few). Only a small portion is devoted to actual prognostication about who (among the College of Cardinals in 2011) are the likely choices. Most of the book is devoted to background information, the rules that govern conclaves, and the development of the papal electoral process as a whole. All done is an easy-to-read style that makes for both an excellent reference book, and also a fun read!

This book should be required reading for all media "talking heads" prior to the next conclave.

If only to keep them from making fools out of themselves (an uphill battle for broadcasters, I realize) in their commentaries. If they can't/won't read it, then their research staffers definitely should!

**revised comments 2/18/2013:

Coming up to the next conclave, which will be held in March 2013, this book remains the #1 resource for everyone interested--from the casual, perhaps non-Catholic reader, to all of the leading broadcast journalists and newsreaders (and their support staff) in the English-speaking world. Very comprehensive, yet surprisingly easy to read. And even though the book is entitled "The Next Pope 2011", all the prognostication is every bit as valid in February 2013 as it was in 2011!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DNClark on October 8, 2011
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Mr. Guruge has written an exhaustive review of the procedures and policies surrounding the next Papal election. He leaves no aspect of the election uncovered. It is informative without being exclusive. One does not need to have a PhD in Catholicism to follow along, yet it is still satisfyingly rich in content for knowledgeable readers. Though choosing Papabili is by nature subjective, his slate of Cardinals is informed and his analysis thoughtful and articulate. Readers may disagree with the 10 men he has listed as the most likely candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, none can argue his solid rationale behind each selection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Schmerguls VINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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This is a revised and updated edition of the author's book: The Next Pope After Pope Benedict XVI, which book I read 12 Mar 2010. This new book lists, in order of likelihood, the ten cardinals deemed most likely to succeed the current Pope, and discusses knowledgeably the reasons why the named Cardinals could be elected. The book has heaps of other information on papal history, and much detail about the procedure for electing a Pope. No one interested in these fascinating subjects should fail to read this book
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A little over a week ago the current Pope resigned. Obviously, this will be the focus of much news reporting in the next month. So, being a real "news junkie" I wanted to be current on papal elections and leading candidates. This is a very readable as well as scholarly coverage of the subject. There are a variety of "perspectives" that the author takes in this thoroughly written book. In doing this, there is quite a lot of overlap in material does not negate the writing, only gives the "deja vu" phenomenon that "I've read that before"! For me, repetition has been a way to reinforce learning but for some this might be an irritation. While I view the news from an armchair, I would think this volume would be a MUST for news reporters/writers covering Rome for the next month.
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