This is an easy to read history of the Catholic Church told through the stories of 50 popes. It is well-illustrated and covers not only the great popes but also the less than perfect popes. You will get a sweeping overview of the origins of the church, the crusades, inquisitions, and saints seen through the eyes of the greatest popes and the most scandalous popes. The book includes many stories they don’t tell in church.
You can read this book in a few hours and learn more about the Catholic Church history than most people will learn in a lifetime.