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Gone, But Not Forgotten
New York Times bestselling Catholic author delivers bracing reflections on lives that illuminate the human condition

Carmel Communications
Feb. 16, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- 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 NOT FORGOTTEN: ELEGIES FOR, AND REMINISCENCES OF, A DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS, MOST OF THEM ADMIRABLE (Ignatius Press), Weigel offers a collection of reminiscences about these fascinating people and reflects on their lives from inside the convictions that formed them.

Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington's Ethics and Public Policy Center and a New York Times bestselling author. His twenty-eight books included the two volumes of his internationally acclaimed biography of Saint John Paul II, Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning.

NOT FORGOTTEN is an extensive compilation of impressive individuals from Weigel's personal circle and those he admired from a distance. The common thread, as he writes in the preface, is that "each of the people I've memorialized has something to teach us today about righteous and noble living ... although a few of them teach those lessons along the old via negativa." Whether Weigel is sketching the lives of history-making popes like Saint John Paul II, major league baseball figures like Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver, fellow writers and media personalities like Cokie Roberts, Charles Krauthammer and William F. Buckley, Jr., or consequential politicians like Lindy Boggs, Henry Hyde, Sargent Shriver and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, he helps readers to 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 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.

"In these deft summations of lives to remember, George Weigel displays his distinctive blend of philosophic sophistication and humane sympathy," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will. "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."

"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," said Mary Ann Glendon, professor of Law Emerita at Harvard University. "Weigel's miniatures — insightful and compassionate, celebratory and cautionary — are vivid reminders that we do indeed live among a cloud of witnesses."

For more information, to request a media review copy or to schedule an interview with George Weigel, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications

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