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An American requiem :God, my father, and the war that came between us

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An American Requiem is the story of one man's coming of age. But more than that, it is a coming to terms with the conflicts that disrupted many families, inflicting personal wounds that were also social, political, and religious. Carroll grew up in a Catholic family that seemed blessed. His father had abandoned his own dream of becoming a priest to rise through the ranks of Hoover's FBI and then become one of the most powerful men in the Pentagon, the founder of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Young Jim lived the privileged life of a general's son, dating the daughter of a vice president and meeting the pope, all in the shadow of nuclear war, waiting for the red telephone to ring in his parents' house. He worshiped his father until Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement, turmoil in the Catholic Church, and then Vietnam combined to outweigh the bond between father and son. These were issues on which they would never agree. Only after Carroll left the priesthood to become a writer and husband with children of his own did he come to understand fully the struggles his father had faced. In this work of nonfiction, the best-selling novelist draws on the skills he honed with nine much-admired novels to tell the story he was, literally, born to tell. An American Requiem is a benediction on his father's life, his family's struggles, and the legacies of an entire generation.

Synopsis:

Joe Carroll was an Air Force lieutenant general who chose Vietnamese targets for American bombs. Joe's son James began adulthood by fulfilling his father's abandoned dream of joining the priesthood. But soon a father's hopes for his son--and a son's peace with his father--were ruined, yet another casualty of a war that tore apart so many families along generational lines.

About the Author

James Carroll was raised in Washington, D.C., and ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. He served as a chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer. A distinguished scholar-

in-residence at Suffolk University, he is a columnist for the Boston Globe and a

regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

His critically admired books include Practicing Catholic, the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem, House of War, which won the first PEN/Galbraith Award, and the New York Times bestseller Constantines Sword, now an acclaimed documentary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395779262
Subtitle:
God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
Author:
Carroll, James
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Catholics
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Catholics -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Fathers and sons -- United States.
Subject:
Catholic ex-priests.
Subject:
Catholic ex-priests -- United States -- Family relationships.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
19970401
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.69 in 0.66 lb

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Joe Carroll was an Air Force lieutenant general who chose Vietnamese targets for American bombs. Joe's son James began adulthood by fulfilling his father's abandoned dream of joining the priesthood. But soon a father's hopes for his son--and a son's peace with his father--were ruined, yet another casualty of a war that tore apart so many families along generational lines.
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