Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century

by John Loughery

Hardcover, 2020




Simon & Schuster (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 448 pages


"The first full-length biography of its subject in forty years, this book separates the myths from the facts about America's most radical pacifist, critic of US foreign policy, Catholic activist. Dorothy Day: Dissenting Voice of the American Century is the life story of the American icon Pope Francis I mentioned alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln for her revolutionary aspirations to a more humane and sustainable future." "After a middle-class Republican childhood and a few years as a Communist sympathizer, Dorothy Day converted to Catholicism and became an anomaly in American life for almost fifty years. As an orthodox Catholic, political radical, and a rebel who courted controversy, she attracted three generations of admirers. Day went to jail challenging the draft and the war in Vietnam. She was critical of capitalism and foreign policy, and as skeptical of modern liberalism as political conservatism. Her protests began in 1917, leading to her arrest during the suffrage demonstration outside President Wilson's White House. In 1940 she spoke in Congress against the draft and urged young men not to register. She frequented jail throughout the 1950s protesting the nuclear arms race. She told audiences in 1962 that President Kennedy was as much to blame for the Cuban missile crisis. She refused to hear any criticism of the pope, though she sparred with American bishops and priests who lived in well-appointed rectories and tolerated racial segregation in their parishes."--Amazon.… (more)


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LibraryThing member Steve_Walker
Like her contemporary, Fr. Thomas Merton, there is renewed interest in the life and writings of Dorothy Day. With this comes a new detailed biography by John Loughery and Blythe Randolph. It is a full biography. The reader gains a focused picture of Day, the people she knew, the books she read, and
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the struggles she had. For anyone with interest in Day or the Catholic Workers movement, this book will be required reading.

This book will be released in March 2020. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a fair and impartial review.
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448 p.; 9 inches


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