Inside the Vaticanby Bart McDowell, James L. Stanfield (Photographer)
For almost a year, veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, both the world’s smallest country and the center of the Roman Catholic Church. Along with author Bart McDowell, he provides an insider’s view into the history of this 108.7-acre enclave, from the first St. Peter’s, built in the fourth century, through the amazing reign of Pope John Paul II, and beyond. Rarely seen areas of the complex, such as the Pope’s personal quarters and the world-renowned libraries, and up-close views of the stunning and priceless art and architecture provide an unrivaled insider’s look into this amazing nation.
In this revised trade paperback edition, Washington Post writer Howard Schneider brings the story of the Vatican up-to-date, including the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the selection and ordination of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI’s recent trip to the United States is also documented in poignant words and images.
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Meet the Author
Bart McDowell a Texan by birth, covered topics ranging from Japan to the Aztecs during his 32 years with National Geographic Magazine.
James Stanfield is a National Geographic Society photographer. He has four times been named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers’ Association.
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The next best tour of the Vatican is right here in this volume of outstanding photographs. The history of the Vatican, one of the world's most intriguing locations, is well done.
Great book which will leave the reader wanting more.
This book is great if your looking for an introduction to the Vatican and its workings. However, there is really no surprises information wise. The pictures in this book are breathtaking. I would recommend this to someone looking for basic inside info. on the Vatican, its layout and artwork.
Well, I guess part of the problem is that I expected to see more of the 'inside' information and pictures in this book. It is more of a picture book with a few notations and some small feature type articles, but nothing really mind-blowing. I thought there would be more pictures of the 'never before seen', but it was not meant to be. Still, it does have beautiful pictures of the Holy See. Not a total loss, it is very aesthetically pleasing.