I still derive wisdom and insights that entertain and delight me. I put it up there with Chesterton
Carlos A. Santayana on July 20, 2014
First some context; I am a 55 year old practicing Catholic who with my wife raised 8 children in the faith. This book was written by an author roughly my age who wrote it three decades ago when he was young. Yet after several reading and re-readings (the book fell apart and I had it spiral bound at the office supply), I still derive wisdom and insights that entertain and delight me.I put it up there with Chesterton, Belloc, Lewis and Rudolf Otto. A short book that sent me to Google repeatedly to research obscure references that amused and illuminated. I have read several of the authors other books and with the exception of the "White Cockade" (poetry), they simply fall short of this earlier work. I hope he has a liaison with whatever muse he was consorting with back in his earlier years and turns out another book like this one.
Coulombe is a friend of mine and he's a great, and very underrated
Anonymous on April 28, 2017
Charles Coulombe is a friend of mine and he's a great ,and very underrated, Catholic writer. As a young Catholic who is about the same age Charles was when he first wrote this book I can really relate to his almost facetious outlook and his optimism that things without the Church and the world will one day become better. The amount of historical information in this little book is amazing. It covers over seven hundred years of Western History, and Charles really connects the dots between the forces and events that have formed society as we see it today. Though he wrote this in the 1980's many of the advice he gives throughout this book is still very relevant today, especially for young Catholics.