Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H. W. Crocker III
With a title like Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, any reader can make a reasonable guess about the attitude of author H. W. Crocker III. He’s as pro-Catholic a writer as you may ever come across. He covers the two thousand year history of the Catholic Church and hits all the highlights–the apostles’ initial efforts, the age of Constantine, the split with the Eastern Orthodox, the challenges of the Middle Ages, the Crusades, the various forms of the Inquisition, etc. etc. An amazing amount of history is packed into fewer than 500 pages, including plenty of lesser known events. The book is thoroughly written and researched.
I found this book entertaining and informative in parts but it also made me wince in many other parts. I’m not sure who I’d recommend it too–probably not people outside of the Catholic Church. Proceed with caution!