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The Heights:
An Illustrated History of Boston College, 1863-2013

By Ben Birnbaum and Seth Meehan
Photography Gary Wayne Gilbert

Exhaustively researched and exquisitely illustrated, The Heights tells a story of Boston College through well-chosen essays, profiles, and seldom-seen images drawn from archives in Boston, Washington, D.C., Rome, and elsewhere.

Coauthors Ben Birnbaum and Seth Meehan bring to life historic figures such as the University’s founding fathers—starting with “opinionated, obdurate, wily, inexhaustible” John McElroy, S.J.—as well as “individuals who entered the scene innocently, bit players, extras, never imagining they were making memory, much less history,” as Birnbaum writes in his introduction.

“Our leading American colleges and universities are major American achievements of the highest order, essential expressions of our highest ambitions, and so while this magnificent, hugely welcome chronicle is the story of Boston College, it is also a great and important American story expertly researched and superbly written. And, yes, what a feast of photographs!”
—David McCullough, H’08


American Catholic Higher Education in the 21st Century:
Critical Challenges

Edited By Robert R. Newton

A report from the Boston College Sesquicentennial Symposium on Catholic Higher Education at Boston College in October 2013 featuring contributors J.A. Appleyard, S.J., Jessica A. Greene, James L. Heft, S.M., Michael J. Himes, Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., William P. Leahy, S.J., and David J. O'Brien.


Transforming Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College

Essays by Virginia Chieffo Raguin
Photographs by Gary Wayne Gilbert

Art historian Virginia Raguin reflects on the stained-glass riches of Boston College in this stunning volume featuring 120 pages of full-color reproductions by award-winning photographer Gary Wayne Gilbert.


Echoes of a University Presidency

By J. Donald Monan, S.J.

As President of Boston College through an extraordinary 24-year tenure, J. Donald Monan, S.J. led the University into the company of the nation’s academic leaders. This volume features a collection of Fr. Monan’s speeches, and the reflections of others about a period of growth and revival the Boston Globe hailed as “the Monan Renaissance.”


Ascending the Heights

By Thomas H. O’Connor

In this concise and highly readable work, Thomas H. O’Connor tells the extraordinary story of Boston College.


Founding Fathers

Edited by Ben Birnbaum

From the introduction by William P. Leahy, S.J.
Leadership at its most profound is a form of ministry, a form of service personified by the six “Founding Fathers” profiled in this book—Jesuit presidents who appeared at pivotal moments in the history of Boston College and helped build and rebuild the University.


Boston College A to Z
The Spirit of the Heights

By Thomas H. O'Connor

In this A to Z guide to Boston College, University Historian Thomas H. O’Connor shares a treasure trove of stories, legends, and memories that imbue the spirit of the Heights.