The Final Revolution, by George Weigel
When asked, Who killed Communism?, most experts usually respond with the name of one or both of the two superpower leaders of the 1980′s: Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. George Weigel now argues that major credit for the anti-Communist revolution should be given to another world figure, Pope John Paul II. It is Weigel’s contention that the Pope’s role, and the role of religious belief generally, have been much undervalued in the various assessments of the overthrow of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Weigel, who serves as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is the author of a number of writings on the relationships among religion, politics, and culture, with a special focus on the Catholic Church’s participation in public life. A Catholic himself, he dealt often, and critically, with the Church’s stance toward American foreign policy during the late cold-war years when some American bishops seemed more concerned about cruise missiles than about the struggle between freedom and totalitarianism, and when segments of the Church declared open solidarity with the authoritarian Left in Latin America.
About the Author
Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and the author, most recently, of Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor.