Opus Dei: A History (1928-2016), Volume One

José Luis González Gullón & John F. Coverdale
Scepter Publishers
Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781594174360


For a century, Opus Dei has transmitted to the world a message of encounter with God in ordinary life. A first of its kind, this book is an extensive investigation of this institution and its founder, Josemaría Escrivá. All documentation that exists and is preserved about Opus Dei and its founder, as well as numerous oral testimonies, have been accessed in order to leave no rock unturned in this historical reveal of one of the Church’s most fascinating modern lay and clerical organization.


José Luis González Gullón is a history professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and a member of the Historical Institute of St. Josemaría Escrivá. In addition to several articles on contemporary religious history, he has published several books on Opus Dei and clergy. Together with other authors, he edited the Spanish Diccionario de San Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer.

John Coverdale has a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in law from the University of Chicago. He has taught Spanish history at Princeton University and Northwestern University, and law at Seton Hall University School of Law. His publications include Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War; The Basque Phase of Spain’s First Carlist War; The Political Transformation of Spain after Franco; Uncommon Courage: The Early Years of Opus Dei; Saxum: The Life of Alvaro del Portillo; and Putting Down Roots: Father Joseph Múzquiz and the Growth of Opus Dei.