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God, Country, Notre Dame (edition 1991)

by Theodore M. Hesburgh

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Title:God, Country, Notre Dame
Authors:Theodore M. Hesburgh
Info:Ballantine Books (1991), Paperback, 331 pages
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God, Country, Notre Dame: The Autobiography of Theodore M. Hesburgh by Theodore M. Hesburgh

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2940 God, Country, Notre Dame, by Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. with Jerry Reedy (read 28 Dec 1996) This book of memories was published in 1990. The author was president of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, and I found the book unfailingly interesting. This book is very upbeat, and one cannot help but be impressed by how much Father Hesburgh (the name is Luxemburger!) did in his years since his 1943 ordination. I am tremendously impressed. The book is very easy to read. He says little good about Pope Pius XII, but says good things about Pope Paul VI. I am sure Pope John Paul II is a cross to him, though he doesn't say so. He reminds me a little of Archbishop Ireland: not very modest, but a doer. ( )
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I have traveled far and wide, far beyond the simple parish I envisioned as a young man. My obligation of service has led me into diverse yet interrelated roles: college teacher, theologian, president of a great university, counselor to four popes and six presidents. Excuse the list, but once called to public service, I have held fourteen presidential appointments over the years, dealing with the social issues of our times, including civil rights, peaceful uses of atomic energy, campus unrest, amnesty for Vietnam offenders, Third World development, and immigration reform. But deep beneath it all, wherever I have been, whatever I have done, I have always and everywhere considered myself essentially a priest. —from the Preface

"Father Hesburgh should be on almost everyone’s list of the most influential figures in American higher education over the past few decades. In these fascinating memoirs, he chronicles the transformation of Notre Dame from a somewhat mediocre midwestern university into a major national teaching and research institution. As president of Notre Dame for 35 years, he used that position as a platform to argue the truly critical issues not only within the academy, but outside as well. The chapters on his involvement with the Civil Rights movement and criticism of early Vatican policy on academic freedom at Catholic universities are most compelling. Recommended for all readers, especially in these days of seeming cynicism and doubt." —Library Journal

"William F. Buckley might disagree, but the former university president is clear on the three most important things in life." —_New York Magazine_

"Father Hesburgh says that each one of us can do something effective in the cause of a better world. God, Country, Notre Dame itself embodies an obvious refutation of the apathetic notion that 'in the modern world one person cannot make a difference'." —Commonweal

"The temptation is to subtitle this book, 'Adventures of Superpriest.' If Father Hesburgh made it all up, it would still be a wonderful story, a compendium of what-ifs . . . its warmth and humanity are infectious, and most readers will not have the nerve to fight off the pleasure of going along." —Chicago Tribune

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