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Great Souls: Six Who Changed a Century

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Overview

As a senior journalist with Time magazine, David Aikman witnessed some of the most important world events and interviewed many of the prominent global power figures of his time. In this moving volume, Aikman profiles six of these figures: Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, and Elie Wiesel. He explains how each of these luminaries personify specific virtues that are sorely needed today: salvation, forgiveness, truth, compassion, human dignity, and remembrance. Aikman's meticulous research provides extraordinary insights into the lives of these great individuals who have changed the century by their works and personal examples. These beautifully written profiles—based on personal interviews with some of these "great souls"—provide the reader with models of excellence that will delight the mind and lift the spirit.

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Editorial Reviews

The Weekly Standard
Aikman deserves credit for writing biographies that not only are reliable and highly readable but also-because of the figures he chose to write about-morally elevating….Ultimately, Great Souls is about commendable qualities that people of any religious commitment, or even none at all, can and should recognize.
Books and Culture
Readers with sharp dislikes for any of these six might be surprised to find themselves wavering after the author makes his case. They might even test the breadth of their human sympathy by trying to embrace both Mandela and Solzhenitsyn, both Graham and Wiesel.
San Antonio Express
Great Souls is a good read, eloquently showing how ordinary individuals with extraordinary discipline and will have risen above numerous kinds of adversity to influence the world for good.
Lexington Herald
Great Souls…serves as an excellent introduction to six remarkable lives. Best of all, it answers the questions, "Where have all the heroes gone?" They are right in front of us.
Books & Culture
Readers with sharp dislikes for any of these six might be surprised to find themselves wavering after the author makes his case. They might even test the breadth of their human sympathy by trying to embrace both Mandela and Solzhenitsyn, both Graham and Wiesel.
Lexington Herald-Leader
Great Souls…serves as an excellent introduction to six remarkable lives. Best of all, it answers the questions, "Where have all the heroes gone?" They are right in front of us.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739104385
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

David Aikman is a former senior correspondent for Time magazine and covered international affairs for more than twenty years. He reported several Man-of-the-Year cover stories, including those on Deng Ziaoping, Corazon Aquino, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Billy Graham—Salvation Chapter 3 Nelson Mandela—Forgiveness Chapter 4 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn—Truth Chapter 5 Mother Teresa—Compassion Chapter 6 Pope John Paul II—Human Dignity Chapter 7 Elie Wiesel—Remembrance

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