"A deeply religious book written at levels of understanding and with clarity of insights rarely–if ever–reached in the telling of this painful story."
- Bishop Krister Stendahl, former dean, Harvard Divinity school
"For two thousand years Jews have been longing for a Christian who would understand their experience. At last James Carroll has written a book delineating the history of Jewish-Christian relations that demonstrates empathy and compassion for both sides."
- Susannah Heschel
"Sprawling, capacious…Carroll marches through church history, delineating signal events with great sophistication. Yet there seems a young boy’s amazement with an institution allegedly founded on the highest of divine principles."
- Paul Wilkes, The Boston Globe
"This searingly honest book is Augustinian in the way Carroll searches his own soul"
- Garry Wills
"A triumph, a tragic tale beautifully told…a welcome throwback to an age when history was a branch of literature."
- Charles R. Morris, Atlantic Monthly
"Monumental…an eye-opening journey through twenty centuries of history…This is a book for everyone."
- Christian Science Monitor
"Remarkable…a book of a deeper sort."
- Andrew Sullivan, The New York Times
"[Carroll's] narrative is heartfelt and eloquent. Most important, he writes as a committed Catholic. His book could, therefore, do what the Vatican has signally failed to do: to help Catholic's accept the truth, as a first step to repentance."
- Karen Armstrong, The Los Angeles Times