God, Country, Notre Dame
I thought it was going to me a preachy tome written by the priest who guided the University of Notre Dame from a regional school to a university of international stature. What the book turned out to be, though, was the story of a Forrest Gump sort of man in a clerical collar. Father Hesburgh somehow managed to be present at (and play a significant role in!) some of the most memorable moments in recent American history. This guy was everywhere! And he also flew faster than any living human being on the face of the earth. That story alone is worth the price of the book, and I guarantee it will have you shaking your head in amazement. This is a life that will inspire you and astound you. Read it like an adventure story because that's EXACTLY what it is.