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A superb book--well researched and well written,
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This review is from: Double Crossed: Uncovering the Catholic Church's Betrayal of American Nuns (Hardcover)Ken Briggs is worked on this book for 10 years--and it was worth waiting for. Based upon copious research and (especially) interviews with a large number of sisters, Briggs produced a book that demonstrates a depth of knowledge and insight that is rare in books of this sort. He clearly has a point of view--sympathy with the more progressive sisters about whom most of this book is written--but he also allows others to speak for themselves. What is especially remarkable is that the author is not only not a sister, he's not a Catholic. That might not be evident to those not aware of the fact; the book SEEMS to reflect a kind of cultural familiarity that one would expect mainly from a Catholic author. Briggs did a lot of research in both popular and scholarly literature, too. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.