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Charles Colson : a story of power, corruption, and redemption /
John Perry.
Nashville, Tenn. : Broadman & Holman, c2003.
xii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0805425128, 9780805425123
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Nashville, Tenn. : Broadman & Holman, c2003.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-252) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-03-04:
In this toothless, expletives-deleted biography of White House-operative-turned-prison-evangelist Charles Colson, Perry (Unshakable Faith) follows Colson's rise to the top of the Washington food-chain as Nixon's consummate "hatchet man"; his tearful acceptance of Jesus Christ as his savior; his brief imprisonment for obstruction of justice in connection with the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist; and his resurrection as head of Prison Fellowships, an evangelical ministry to the nation's penitentiaries. Perry insists that the book, which concludes with a chapter entitled "Chuck's Message to Us" written by Colson himself, is not an "authorized" biography; but even the parts not written by Colson judge him leniently. Perry accepts at face value Colson's claim that he knew nothing of the Ellsberg break-in, even though the facts he relates-that Colson hired the men who organized it, secured them cash, interceded with Administration officials to win approval for their missions, and pointedly forbade them to tell him details of their operations-suggest that Colson deliberately turned a blind eye to patently illegal activities. And if Colson the operative is shown in a favorable light, Colson the born-again activist wears a veritable halo (it was the "inworking of the heart by the Holy Spirit [that was] the key to Prison Fellowship's success"). Colson's large evangelical following may enjoy this story of spiritual uplift, but readers in search of an objective appraisal of the man should turn elsewhere. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Two of a Kindp. 1
A Very Fortunate Young Manp. 12
Big Ambitionsp. 23
The Job of a Lifetimep. 37
Into the Deep Endp. 47
The Levers of Powerp. 58
Lightning Rodp. 71
Hatchet Manp. 81
"Let's Get On It"p. 91
No Air of Triumphp. 104
A Sinking Shipp. 116
In the Crosshairsp. 128
The Great Sinp. 138
A New Perspectivep. 148
"If Christianity Is True ..."p. 159
Innocence and Guiltp. 168
The Gavel Fallsp. 179
Holabirdp. 188
Freedomp. 197
Back Insidep. 210
To the Least of Thesep. 223
Epilogue: Chuck's Message to Usp. 235
Chapter Notesp. 238
Bibliographyp. 246
Indexp. 253
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