• "A must-read for Catholics and Non-Catholics alike as it captures the spiritual quest toward beauty and truth that defines the human condition."
    Larry Kudlow
    - Host of CNBC's The Kudlow Report
  • "Year by year from the country's founding, there has been growth in the Catholic Church and not only through birth, but also by conversion. I know, I am one of them. This book will surprise you in many cases and also gives in brief snippets what brought them to the Roman Church."
    Newt Gingrich
    - Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  • "Fascinating, illuminative, and inspiring compilation of the continuous stream of American men and women whom God has drawn home to the Catholic Church. And far more than a mere encyclopedic list of biographical data, but inspiring reflections on their struggles and victories in living out the Catholic faith in their work and home life."
    Marcus Grodi
    - Host of The Journey Home on EWTN

At A Glance

These stories, both fascinating and enlightening, are closely linked with the fortunes of the country, its history, wars and culture.  There have been and are many eminent and well known American converts to the Catholic faith who inspire and stimulate the faithful and all are covered here: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Orestes Brownson, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, Thomas Merton, Mortimer Adler, Avery Dulles, Russell Kirk, and Clare Booth Luce; media celebrities, such as Buffalo Bill, Gary Cooper, Bob Hope, Jane Wyman, and John Wayne; and from sport, the great Bobby Jones, George Gipp, and Knute Rockne.

But the book reveals a whole swathe of individuals, some virtually unknown, who have, and in some cases are still, contributing immeasurably to the vibrancy and power of the Catholic witness.

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John Beaumont, Author

Mr. Beaumont, the author, is a lawyer by training and was formerly Head of the School of Law at Leeds Metropolitan University, England. He has written several books on the Law of Evidence and is the author of Roads to Rome: A Guide to Notable Converts from Britain and Ireland from the Reformation to the Present Day (2010).


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Fr. C. John McCloskey III

Father C. John McCloskey, III, STD authored the foreword and afterword of The Mississippi Flows into the Tiber. He currently is Research Fellow of the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington DC. From 1985-1990, he was a chaplain at Princeton University. From 1998-2002, he was the Director of the Catholic Information Center for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. A native of Washington, D.C., he received a degree in Economics from Columbia University in 1975.  He was the U.S. representative for the ecclesiastical faculties of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and the University of Navarre in Pamplona Spain from 1984-2003.


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