The world is full of interesting people, and it has been George Weigel's good fortune to have known many such personalities in a variety of fields: politics, religion, the arts and sciences, journalism, the academy, entertainment, and sports. In this collection of reminiscences and elegies, the best-selling author of the definitive biography of Pope Saint John Paul II remembers these men and women from inside the convictions that formed them.
Whether he is sketching the lives of Nobel Prize–winning scientists, major league baseball managers, princes of the Church, television personalities, or history-making political leaders, Weigel tries to understand, and help readers understand, the deep truths of the human condition illuminated by each of these not-forgotten lives.
Written with verve, insight, and an appreciation for the consequential lives that have touched his own, Not Forgotten fills out the autobiographical portrait that George Weigel began painting in Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with Saint John Paul II, while offering a backstage view of some of the men and women who have shaped the turbulent history of our times.
The 60 intriguing lives that he writes about are a wide diversity of unique characters and personalities, including Albert Einstein, William F. Buckley, Flannery O’Connor, Franz Jägerstätter, John Paul II, Jackie Robinson, Charles Krauthammer, Sophie Scholl, Henry Hyde, James Schall, S.J., Dietrich Von Hildebrand, Charles Colson, Fr Richard J. Neuhaus and many more.
"Moving and delightful, the reminiscences in Not Forgotten prove once more that George Weigel has not only a mind of the very first order, but the heart to match."
— Mary Eberstadt, Author, Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics
"These sketches—most of them brief and, by turns, elegiac, celebratory, or bemused—serve as a kind of catalogue of recent intellectual history, Catholic and otherwise, in America and elsewhere. It’s a book for dipping into, assuming you can put it down. "
— Andrew Ferguson, Contributing writer, The Atlantic; Author, Land of Lincoln
"Each of these sixty-eight essays is a little masterpiece in the difficult art of the eulogy; together they are a mosaic of the joys and sorrows of our times. Weigel's miniatures—insightful and compassionate, celebratory and cautionary—are vivid reminders that we do indeed live among a cloud of witnesses."
— Mary Ann Glendon, Professor of Law Emerita, Harvard University
"In these lively portraits of friends and mentors, George Weigel bestows on them—and his readers—a garland of gratitude for gifts of comradeship freely given and received."
— Kenneth L. Woodward, former Religion Editor of Newsweek and writer-in-residence at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago
"What a cast of characters! And what a feast, presided over by George Weigel's wide-ranging, civilized intelligence and his astonishing talent for friendship. The book is a pure delight."
— Lance Morrow, Author, God and Mammon: Chronicles of American Money
"In these deft summations of lives to remember, George Weigel displays his distinctive blend of philosophic sophistication and humane sympathy. His farewells—mostly fond; a few bracingly acerbic—are an intellectual feast to be nibbled now and then, or consumed in one sitting. Either way, readers will be nourished."
— George F. Will, Author, The Conservative Sensibility