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"The Saint Makers" By Joe Drape

Book cover for "The Saint Makers"
Hachette Books
Hachette Books

Joe Drape is an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers "Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen" and "American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise." His book "Black Maestro" was the inaugural winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award.

In his new book "The Saint Makers," chronicles the unlikely alliance between Father Hotze and Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, a country priest and a cosmopolitan Italian canon lawyer, as the two piece together the life of a long dead Korean War hero and military chaplain and fashion it into a case for eternal divinity.

Joe Drape offers a front row seat to the Catholic Church's saint-making machinery-which, in many ways, has changed little in two thousand years-and examines how, or if, faith and science can co-exist.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
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