James M. O’Toole
Militant and Triumphant fills a major gap in the historical record of American Catholicism by presenting a vivid, objective portrait of Cardinal William Henry O’Connell and his significance in the church and his times.
“A lucid biography of one of the least attractive figures in U.S. Catholic history, Boston’s Cardinal William Henry O’Connell. While Boston’s Catholics have long stated that O’Connell gave them a sense of pride, there was another side to his story and that is the one O’Toole tells so well.” — America
“Anyone who grows misty-eyed with romantic nostalgia over the good old, pre-Vatican II days of the American church is fated to have his/her eyes blink open with surprise on reading this book. Had Edwin O’Connor known but half the story of the good cardinal that this biography reveals, his _Last Hurrah _would still be required reading as a cautionary tale in every rectory.” — Commonweal
“. . .A page turner, galvanized by a classic immigrant success story that traces O’Connell’s quick rise from obscure origins in immigrant Lowell to the rectorship of an American seminary in Rome, and then to the Portland and Boston bishops’ offices.” — The Boston Globe
“O’Toole’s biography tells O’Connell’s story with dispassionate judiciousness, but also with a sharp eye on the story’s significance for the disheartening tour that the Catholic Church has taken in [the twentieth] century.” —_The Atlantic Monthly_
“The story of O’Connell, archbishop of Boston and one of the most powerful men in the city from 1907 until his death in 1944, is magnificently told by James M. O’Toole. . . . a wry and thorough account of one of America’s most important prelates.” —_Boston Magazine_
“James O’Toole’s biography of O’Connell is one of the finest ever to be written on an American Roman Catholic bishop. Few biographers have drawn as compelling a portrait of their subject.” —_Church History_