This book presents the life of the Pope through hundreds of photographs and the eloquent words of a Vatican insider and an American journalist. From his beginnings in Wadowice, a village in Poland, to his ascension to the throne of St. Peter, the book tells the story of Karol Wojtyla, the man whose love of God and his proud, war-torn Poland would change the twentieth century. This beautifully designed book not only documents seven decades of political history following Wojtyla's early life in occupied Poland, living under the Nazi regime and, later, under Communism, but spans the globe as well. John Paul II's extensive travels throughout the world include visits with the forgotten - the poor in remote Mexican villages, the faithful in Africa, and the dying in Calcutta, and the famous - Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Bob Dylan, the Dalai Lama. With hundreds of photographs and sidebars, John Paul II is an illustrated keepsake biography for the world's billion Roman Catholics, for spiritual seekers captivated by his holiness, and for history buffs interested in the role he played in altering world politics.