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God's Soldiers: Adventure, Politics, Intrigue, and Power--A History of the Jesuits Paperback – October 18, 2005
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All in all, I was disappointed but stuck with it to find out how it would end!
That said, the problem is mostly in execution. The focus is on the period between the creation of the society and it's temporary dissolution, though later events are also covered. Wright seems to have a good command on his subject, and though he is mostly apologetic, disproving the widespread "anti-myth", he does not appear overtly biased. The picture that emerges from his writing is that of a global organisation based on innovative individuals who often had to make the best of difficult conditions. As this mode of operation proved to be more than succesful, they ran afoul with emerging national hierarchies unwilling to share their power over people. This would be their undoing.
For those interested in the subject, I would recommend God's Secret Agents by Alice Hogge. It has no special relationship to this book, but is more readable and describes the Jesuit activity in Elizabethian England in fascinating detail.
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Snarky, sarcastic, dismissive, condescending; I don't doubt that Wright has the qualifications to write this book, nor do I doubt that he's done the investigating. Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by T. Kelly
"God's Soldiers" by Jonathan Wright, ©2004
Christian soldiers march on. The Jesuits were the most devoted soldiers of the Catholic church two hundred years ago. Read more
The book is difficut reading, all said and done, too much detail and a little disconnected. The humanity of the subject matter is missing in what is a scholarly exercise.Published on January 9, 2007 by D. G. Taylor