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The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots

Memoir of an Extraordinary Life

Author(s): Philip Hannan

ISBN13: 9781592766970

ISBN10: 1592766978


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  • The 82nd Airborne:
    "Gripping the doors rim for leverage, I hurled myself into the air, doing a half-turn. The propeller instantly ripped open my chute, followed by a terrific body wrench courtesy of my skin-tight harness. In seconds, my entire body was reacting to a forced sudden stop after going 120 miles an hour in a plane."

    Freeing Jews in Germany:
    "Walking into the barracks, we were immediately assailed by a suffocating stench, leading to the shocking panorama of hundreds of half-alive, emaciated prisoners, dressed in tattered, utterly soiled uniforms, shuffling amongst clumps of corpses as if they were not there.... Never in my life had I experienced nor will I ever again such an incomprehensibly barbaric insult to the human spirit."

    John F. Kennedy:
    "I could never have imagined that my first conversation with then-Congressman Jack Kennedy was the beginning of a collaborative, mutually respectful friendship that would last until his death. It would also remain a secret. I could not never did publicize our relationship."

    Vatican II:
    "Little did I realize that Vatican II would become another defining moment in my life as a priest and bishop.... I spoke passionately about the morality of nuclear deterrence, a position that at first isolated me from my brother bishops, but eventually was adopted by the full council. That remains to this day, one of my most cherished achievements."

    Pope John Paul II:
    "My suspicions were confirmed when I saw the pope.... He looked dead tired. I said, Your holiness, welcome to New Orleans, and thank you for coming here. ... But as he walked down the aisle, he walked shakily. I said to myself, How will this work out?"

    Hurricane Katrina:
    "St. Nicholas of Myra Church was destroyed by the storm surge, and Father Reds body was never found.... At the height of the surge, the water was estimated to be 30 feet high. Red had no chance. The only things left of the church were some structural steel beams."

    Nancy Collins is a highly-respected journalist whose in-depth interviews with President Bill Clinton, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Russert, Will Smith, and Rudy Giuliani, among others, have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Rolling Stone, New York, George, Interview, Harpers Bazaar, Forbes Life, and Good Housekeeping. As an on-air correspondent for NBCs Today Show and ABCs Primetime Live and 20/20, Ms. Collins interviews have included Senator Joe Biden, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Keaton, and Linda Tripp. In 1990, Random House published her memoir-cum-anthology, Hard to Get: Fast Talk and Rude Questions Along the Interview Trail, in hardcover, followed by Harper Collins in soft cover.

    Nancy Collins, who lives in New York City, is the daughter of Elsie and Aeneas Patrick Collins, the first cousin and boyhood friend of Archbishop Hannan.

    Peter Finney, Jr., has served as executive editor and general manager of the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, since 1993. In 2001 and 2009, he was named by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada as the national winner of the Individual Excellence Award for an Editor/Writer. He is a former sportswriter for the New York Post and New York Daily News and was selected in 1988 as the recipient of the Dick Young Award by Bnai Brith International for achievement and continuing excellence as one of New Yorks top sports journalists. Peter and his wife, Carolyn, have four children.
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    Whether parachuting behind enemy lines, jumping into a Secret Service car for an impromptu White House meeting with JFK, or navigating the swirling flood waters of a hurricane, Archbishop Philip Hannan only knew one way to do things - with total commitment and at full speed ahead!

    Grab a front row seat on Archbishop Hannans incredibly humble journey, which connects him with critically important people, places, and events spanning the 20th century.

    An embodiment of the "Greatest Generation," Archbishop Hannans wit, generosity, and work ethic were
    unparalleled - as he spoke out against fascism, stood up for his faith, and negotiated the pitfalls of politics.
    The behind-the-scenes details, pressures, and emotions from his one-of-a-kind experiences provide a new level of understanding of, and a perspective on, the subtle impact one man can have on history.


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