I usually do not read many biographies, as they tend to be somewhat dry or either too skimpy or way too much. However, this one I really enjoyed. I highly recommend reading it for either a good biography or to learn more about Catholics and Pope John Paul II. The only, only thing I can find fault with is the ending. It seemed a bit cut off, and I almost wanted to find the words "The End" because I just didn't feel like it ended. But then again, I find my ears perk up whenever I hear about the pope, in a chance to learn more about Pope John Paul II, or simply Karol Wojtyla.
"His Holiness" stands as the best biography of Karol Wojtyla, later to become Pope John Paul II and the first Pope of the third millennium. His papacy has revolved around inceessant travel and an effort to re-establish orthodoxy in the Church through rigid supression of dissent led by Joseph Ratzinger.
This incessant travel has led John Paul to be seen as a mdeia superstar, and at the same time is strong doctrinal stance has led to him being seen by some as a restorationist and as a successor to Pius XII rather than John XXIII.
This book avoids many of the problems of other John Paul biographies. Bernstain and Politti write with more clarity than, say, Tad Szulc, and they do a very good job of explaining the contradictionas that really are to be seen in the Wojtyla papacy: the authoritarian church leader versus campaigns for justice in the wider world. Most aspects of Karol Wojtyla's life up to the time of the book's printing are described most effectively - such as the conclave and how Wojtyla came through against several Italian candidates.
This is the book to read to know John Paul II.