Richly researched, artfully constructed and consistently compelling.
Invaluable new biography
Invaluable... ought to be read by everyone who wishes to know more about this very singular Pope.
A gracefully written and meticulously researched account of Francis' life... the best English-language biography of the pope to date.
New York Times Book Review
The most substantial biography by far
A fine new biography... Fair, judicious and compelling.
The New York Times
A fast-moving and colourful personal analysis of what drives the pontiff, and the many events that have formed his unique and gregarious personality.
A must-read for all Pope Francis watchers.
The author has a deft way of mixing recent incidents with his subject's early life... [The pope's] idiosyncratic humanism, forged in a land of political and economic turmoil, seems infectious. This book explains where it comes from.
Who is this larger-than-life man leading the charge? What are Francis's origins, how did he come to his beliefs and where is he taking his church? The Great Reformer, a new biography of the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, offers an illuminating guide.
Will be useful in understanding the actions of a man whose influence and international importance cannot but grow.
Shows why Pope Francis is not a silly old commie. The author's insights into his Argentine background and hard spiritual road make sense of his rejection of the trappings of power and intellectual elitism.
Spectator, Best Books of 2015
As an English-language account of the Pope's Argentine heritage, this book will be hard to beat.