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Men Astutely Trained

A History of the Jesuits in the American Century

A perceptive & provocative analysis of the transformation that swept through American Catholicism in the decades leading up to Vatican II.

The Jesuits have been the carriers of a culture borne along by a fruitful & often frustrating tension between their dual commitment to ancient virtues & to the pursuit of the free play of ideas. This book explains developments among the Jesuits and sets them in the larger context of the sea-changes that shook the world and the Catholic Church in the world during the mid-20th century.

Peter McDonough is a Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. His is a Fulbright fellow, has been a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow, and a recipient of grants from the German Marshall Fund, the National Science Foundation, and the Pew Endowment.