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Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know

Michael D. Greaney

266 pages
St. Benedict Press LLC

Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know offers readers richly detailed accounts of pivotal engagements—many little known in the West—in the centuries-long defense of Christendom against militant Islam. Join military historian Michael D. Greaney as, in gripping prose, he describes the struggle, primarily on Christendom's eastern borders, against the dreaded Ottoman Turks in places such as:

  • Manzikert, which marked the beginning of the fight,
  • Wallachia, where Vlad II, the real “Dracula”, carried out a personal crusade against the Turks to such good effect that his name strikes terror down to the present day,
  • Mohács, “the Tomb of Hungary,”
  • Vienna (the siege of 1529), the first setback experienced by Süleymân the Magnificent, perhaps the greatest ruler the Ottoman Turks ever knew,
  • Szigetvár (known as the “Hungarian Alamo”),
  • …and five others.

The accounts of battles are enlivened and expanded with historical footnotes and introductions. Though less well known than the struggle to retake Spain and Southern France, the battlefields of Armenia and Eastern and Central Europe were just as crucial to preserve Christendom. Includes 12 battle maps.

Author Bio
Michael D. Greaney is Director of Research for the Center for Economic and Social Justice, an all-volunteer, interfaith think tank in Arlington, Virginia, U.S.A. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Greaney received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Evansville, Indiana. He has audited for the American Red Cross, Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Federal Election Commission. An expert in binary banking and monetary theory and the Kelso-Adler-Ferree theories of economic and social justice, Mr. Greaney has published numerous articles on monetary and economic history, theory, and practice. He has also edited the novels of John Henry Cardinal Newman and Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, as well as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s “long lost” classic, Freedom Under God (1940), William Cobbett’s The Emigrant’s Guide (1829), and William Thomas Thornton’s A Plea for Peasant Proprietors (1846, 1871). He contributed to Curing World Poverty (1994) and Capital Homesteading for Every Citizen(2004). His most recent publication is “The Business Cycle: A Kelsonian Analysis” in the March 2015 issue of The American Journal of Economics and Sociology. His books include In Defense of Human Dignity (2008),Supporting Life (2010), The Restoration of Property (2012), So Much Generosity (2013), and The Political Animal (2014).