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Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961 (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

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"This is no ordinary biography. Where others might settle for background 'color' or superficial 'context' Fisher has the skill and knowledge to provide a searching exploration of an entire history. And this history―the early years of the Cold War―was fundamental not only in shaping Dooley's many lives, but the last half century of global affairs."―Christian G. Appy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This is a quite extraordinary work, one which will be of great interest to historians of American religion, popular culture, and the Vietnam war. A first-rate and important biography."―Maurice Isserman, Hamilton College

About the Author

James T. Fisher is Danforth Chair in Humanities at Saint Louis University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (October 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558491546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558491540
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember this icon of my early teen years, the saintly handsome young Jungle Doctor, who inspired the founding of the Peace Corps and strongly influenced many young Catholics especially. James Fisher reveals that nothing was quite what it seemed in 1960. An amazing biography unfolds of a "disgraced" gay Catholic who redeems himself by serving the poor of Laos, walking the humanitarian walk, founding a medical NGO and facing down premature death with enviable grace. Dooley's personal history is interwoven with the machinations of the CIA in abetting the Vietnam war in it's early years, using Dooley to give it cultural legitimacy in America. The interlacing of these two stories provide broad historical relevance to the biography of a flawed hero. Highly recommended, especially to those who lived through this era and look back on it with sadder wiser eyes.
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I remember the laudatory Reader's Digest articles, the coincidental Kingston Trio song, and mention of Dr. Dooley by my high school English teacher. And, of course, I remember the disaster of Vietnam in the years following Dooley's death. "Who was this guy Tom Dooley?", I wondered. I know he didn't cause Vietnam, but he was emblematic of the drift that got us there. We had "victory disease" hubris from World War II, and Dr. Dooley was part of it. His vigorous self-promotion and the homosexuality revelations were surprising to me. It was the 1950's, of course, and his homosexuality was certainly kept under wraps when he was being hyped all over the place. I don't feel qualified to say this is a well written or poorly written book, but I at least know more about the influential Dr. Tom Dooley and, as follows, more about America.
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I bought this book with some trepidation, because Tom Dooley was a great hero of my childhood and I was geared up to feel defensive about the book's theme. But it was compassionately and non-judgementally written and I was on the whole pleasantly surprised by it! It also speaks volumes about discrimination, defamation, and inflicting shame upon good people who don't "fit into the {percieved-by-society} norm" where sexual orientation is concerned.
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I am old enough to remember when Tom Dooley's books came out and how he was the subject of so much adulation. What this book adds is that he was a basically a PR man for medics in SE Asian outposts - swooping in for a visit and photo-op and then disappearing; an indifferent medical student who would show up for class (when he showed up) in his riding boots; a boorish lout who would inform a waitress that he could detect she was having her period; and, not least, an aggressive homosexual who would cruise the usual haunts in Asia when he had the opportunity. To me, a big part of this book is that it comes out of the same Catholic university where Dooley attended medical school. I take my hat off to the author, who is a scholar's scholar and not afraid of the truth.
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Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961
by James T. Fisher
A volume in the series "Culture, Politics, and the Cold War"
Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1997
Hardcover, Pp. 304
ISBN 1-55849-067-1; LC 96-48652
Paperback, New Ed ed.(1998), Pp. 336
ISBN 1-55849-154-6
Hardcover $35.00; Paperback $24.95

Review-essay published as "Common Myths About Three Catholics" in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, vol. 108, no. 2 (November 2007): 56-59

Three common myths need to be demolished for American Roman Catholics if we are to become less dominated by pop-culture and historically inaccurate superficiality.

The first is the saccharine myth of "Good Pope John". The historical Roncalli is different from the Roncalli who was hijacked by the media to remake the Catholic Church in its own image and likeness. John was actually so traditional that he even restored some things that Pius XII had removed from the lengthy papal coronation ceremony. The Latin text of the Synod of Rome of 1960 is enough to illustrate that he was no liberal-progressive in any sense which we understand those labels. His personal Journal of a Soul (Image; New Ed ed., 1999) shows us a devotional man, not an ideological reformer. The apostolic constitution Veterum sapientiae (February 1962) regarding the promotion and use of Latin, signed on the high altar of St. Peter's, was forgotten before the ink dried. John's priority for Vatican II was the revision of canon law. Recent documentation brought to light this accurate view of the historical Roncalli. A book by Marco Roncalli was published in Italian by Mondadori in 2006, entitled "Giovanni XXIII - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli.
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Believe the mighty Wurlitzer CIA if you wish, but Dooley was no closet homosexual. He just refused to play the game according to the government rules when it came to old-fashioned human compassion. He was smeared for his morality, not as Fisher portrays him. Those who knew Dr. Dooley spit on this rubbish publication. May God judge!
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