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May 19, 1996 | RICHARD EDER
As the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Carroll was the Pentagon's super-spook through much of the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis and the fighting in Vietnam. He was a fervent patriot, a firm believer in U.S. military power and a conservative. James, his son, was a fiery anti-war demonstrator and a radical. Father and son were Roman Catholics of opposite ardor and oddly similar paths. Both were what Catholics used to call "spoiled priests."
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April 17, 2011 | Stanley Meisler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jerusalem, Jerusalem How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World James Carroll Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 418 pp., $28 James Carroll's latest book is very ambitious. Invoking history, anthropology, social psychology, geography and theology, the author, a former Catholic priest, delves into the stories of the violence unleashed by the organized religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam throughout their existence. He anchors the book by describing how each has used the city of Jerusalem, holy to all three, as a symbol or metaphor or touchstone.
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January 15, 1989 | Karen Stabiner, Stabiner is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer and author
Any bookstore worth its bindings will have a big window display of James Carroll's "Firebird" in place in time for the presidential inauguration. If winter weather isn't enough to set you shivering, this political thriller will cause a frisson to run up even the most patriotic spine. What's the last thing you want to hear as the ex-director of the CIA takes the helm of a kinder, gentler ship of state? That the boys who run the intelligence community are--holy red telephone!
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April 1, 2009 | Tim Rutten
Every traditional creed offers not only its special consolations but also its particular struggle. For Buddhists, it's the transcendence of dualism in a world of experience that seems everywhere divided. For Jews, there is the continuing renewal of meaning to be wrestled from the sacred texts. For Catholics there is the institutional church. James Carroll is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, nonfiction writer and newspaper columnist.
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April 30, 2006 | Max Frankel, Max Frankel, former executive editor of the New York Times, is the author of "High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis."
JAMES CARROLL was born on the same day as the Pentagon in 1943 and he deems it his destiny to destroy that monstrous citadel. He cavorted there as a boy while his father served the ministries of war as they amassed atomic bombs and prepared to drop them on much of humanity. He aspired in college to join the family business in uniform, defending America against communists and his dad's Air Force against the Navy's budget designs.
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April 1, 2009 | Tim Rutten
Every traditional creed offers not only its special consolations but also its particular struggle. For Buddhists, it's the transcendence of dualism in a world of experience that seems everywhere divided. For Jews, there is the continuing renewal of meaning to be wrestled from the sacred texts. For Catholics there is the institutional church. James Carroll is a prolific poet, playwright, novelist, nonfiction writer and newspaper columnist.
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June 30, 2007
RE "Devout Catholic Answers a Call to Challenge Church," by Gina Piccalo, June 22). James Carroll is anything but a devout Catholic; in fact, he is the opposite. A Catholic believes and professes the teachings of the Catholic Church; this guy has a long history of speaking against the church. Carroll is obviously someone who has personal issues that he has blamed on the church. Of all the Christian denominations, the Catholic Church has been by far the most accepting of Jewish people.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1996
Wynn's International Inc. said Wednesday it has named James Carroll, its president and chief executive, to the additional post of chairman. Carroll replaces Wesley E. Bellwood, who was named chairman emeritus. Carroll is relinquishing his post as president of Wynn's, a supplier or automotive and industrial components and specialty chemicals. Wynn's named John W. Huber president and chief operating officer. For the past six years, Huber has been president of Wynn's-Precision Inc.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2011 | Stanley Meisler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jerusalem, Jerusalem How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World James Carroll Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 418 pp., $28 James Carroll's latest book is very ambitious. Invoking history, anthropology, social psychology, geography and theology, the author, a former Catholic priest, delves into the stories of the violence unleashed by the organized religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam throughout their existence. He anchors the book by describing how each has used the city of Jerusalem, holy to all three, as a symbol or metaphor or touchstone.
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September 28, 1986 | Harry Trimborn
James Carroll has woven a fine historical novel from the tangled threads of the conflicting loyalties--personal, religious, national--that have been the bane of "pinched, troubled" Ireland for centuries. The plot is as timely as today's grim reports from Northern Ireland. Yet, it centers on events that occurred nearly three-quarters of a century ago--the middle years of World War I when all Ireland was still under British rule.
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June 30, 2007
RE "Devout Catholic Answers a Call to Challenge Church," by Gina Piccalo, June 22). James Carroll is anything but a devout Catholic; in fact, he is the opposite. A Catholic believes and professes the teachings of the Catholic Church; this guy has a long history of speaking against the church. Carroll is obviously someone who has personal issues that he has blamed on the church. Of all the Christian denominations, the Catholic Church has been by far the most accepting of Jewish people.
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June 22, 2007 | Gina Piccalo, Times Staff Writer
Author James Carroll is an idiosyncratic Catholic, a former priest who still celebrates his faith yet rejects the very roots of its doctrine, viewing Christianity's promise of eternal life as "destructive" and the cross as a symbol of Roman Emperor Constantine's lust for power.
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April 30, 2006 | Max Frankel, Max Frankel, former executive editor of the New York Times, is the author of "High Noon in the Cold War: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis."
JAMES CARROLL was born on the same day as the Pentagon in 1943 and he deems it his destiny to destroy that monstrous citadel. He cavorted there as a boy while his father served the ministries of war as they amassed atomic bombs and prepared to drop them on much of humanity. He aspired in college to join the family business in uniform, defending America against communists and his dad's Air Force against the Navy's budget designs.
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August 31, 2003 | Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
James Carroll's first novel in nine years takes a thoughtful, balanced look at the father-son conflicts that erupted during the Cold War -- Oedipal and political issues that he handled more bluntly and controversially in his National Book Award-winning memoir, "An American Requiem"; a recent work of history, "Constantine's Sword"; and a plea for reform, "Toward a New Catholic Church."
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March 4, 2001 | KAREN ARMSTRONG, Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books, including "A History of God," "Islam: A Short History," "Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths" and, most recently, "Buddha."
James Carroll was first inspired to write this book when he visited Auschwitz and came upon the cross which Pope John Paul II had planted in a field alongside the eastern wall of the camp during his visit in 1979. The pope had said Mass in this field for a million fellow Poles and had prayed for and to Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun whom he would later canonize as a Christian martyr, even though the Nazis had killed her for being a Jew.
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January 21, 2001 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last year, Pope John Paul II apologized to the Jews for generations of sins against them by Roman Catholics. Now, author James Carroll spells out exactly what those offenses are. They amount to a very substantial, and very troubling, new book. "Constantine's Sword, the Church and the Jews" (Houghton Mifflin) fills 756 pages with history, biography, critique and proposals for change. Most of the key figures are popes or saints.
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March 4, 2001 | KAREN ARMSTRONG, Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books, including "A History of God," "Islam: A Short History," "Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths" and, most recently, "Buddha."
James Carroll was first inspired to write this book when he visited Auschwitz and came upon the cross which Pope John Paul II had planted in a field alongside the eastern wall of the camp during his visit in 1979. The pope had said Mass in this field for a million fellow Poles and had prayed for and to Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun whom he would later canonize as a Christian martyr, even though the Nazis had killed her for being a Jew.
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August 31, 2003 | Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
James Carroll's first novel in nine years takes a thoughtful, balanced look at the father-son conflicts that erupted during the Cold War -- Oedipal and political issues that he handled more bluntly and controversially in his National Book Award-winning memoir, "An American Requiem"; a recent work of history, "Constantine's Sword"; and a plea for reform, "Toward a New Catholic Church."
BUSINESS
December 12, 1996
Wynn's International Inc. said Wednesday it has named James Carroll, its president and chief executive, to the additional post of chairman. Carroll replaces Wesley E. Bellwood, who was named chairman emeritus. Carroll is relinquishing his post as president of Wynn's, a supplier or automotive and industrial components and specialty chemicals. Wynn's named John W. Huber president and chief operating officer. For the past six years, Huber has been president of Wynn's-Precision Inc.
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May 19, 1996 | RICHARD EDER
As the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Joseph Carroll was the Pentagon's super-spook through much of the Cold War, the Cuban missile crisis and the fighting in Vietnam. He was a fervent patriot, a firm believer in U.S. military power and a conservative. James, his son, was a fiery anti-war demonstrator and a radical. Father and son were Roman Catholics of opposite ardor and oddly similar paths. Both were what Catholics used to call "spoiled priests."
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