In elegant and economical prose John Williams breathes air into Caesar August, his daughter Julia, Ovid, Horace, Marcus Agrippa and other figures of classical Rome who were alive during the life of Rome's first emperor. Williams treats Julia's character with particular sensitivity; she becomes a cornerstone of this epistolary novel as she illuminates how the powerful men in Rome used woman as pawns in their dealings. Augustus is at once historical and strikingly modern.
Catholic scholar Garry Wills sparks a flint of life into the modern Church. In Why Priests?, through erudite, succinct, and readable chapters Wills picks apart the historical development of the priesthood, making a case for its theological incongruity with the beliefs and spirit of the early Church. Wills contextualizes problems that the Church faces today and offers great hope for renewal.
With humor and verve, Terry Eagleton surveys the attempts of various Western schools of thought to diminish the role of God. He argues that philosophical history offers no sufficient replacements for the divine. Culture and the Death of God can be fruitful for both those seasoned in the history of Western philosophy as well as newcomers interested in learning more. Eagleton ends with a biting bang, challenging us to reconsider prevailing assumptions of postmodern liberal hedonist lifestyles.