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Boston Catholics
A History of the Church and Its People
Thomas H. O'Connor

Northeastern University Press
1998 • 320 pp. 33 illus. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
New England History / Boston

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-433-2
$45.00 Hardcover, 978-1-55553-359-5

"O'Connor writes gracefully, has a sharp touch with details and anecdotes, and excels at organization. . . A valuable work. It was needed and it is welcome." —Clark Booth, Boston Globe

A lively history of the Archdiocese of Boston.

In this engaging work, now available in paperback, Thomas H. O'Connor chronicles the activities, achievements, and failures of the Church's leaders and parishioners over the course of two centuries.


"A well-crafted local history that moves beyond institutional growth to capture the spirit of the people in the pews."—Kirkus Reviews

"O'Connor's Boston Catholics is a marvel and model of craftsmanship, a succinct, fair, and fluid summary of a long and very complicated story. Historians, students, and general readers have every reason to welcome the author's latest, a very good book in every way."
—George E. Ryan, The Pilot

"A balanced and well-written book. . . . It not only helps Boston Catholics to understand their own changing world, but it helps the world to understand them."—America

Thomas H. O'Connor is University Historian and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston College. He is the author of numerous books on Boston's history, including Civil War Boston: Home Front and Battlefield; The Boston Irish: A Political History; Building a New Boston: Politics and Urban Renewal, 1950-1979; and South Boston: My Home Town-The History of an Ethnic Neighborhood, all published by Northeastern University Press. A native of South Boston, he now lives in Braintree, Massachusetts.

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