I just finished a marvelous short book on St. John Paul the Great. It discloses no serious new information, but does not attempt to do so. My son thought I might not be interested as JPII has been a subject of much study for me. But I loved it. Only 200 pages, it marvelously captures the heart, the essence of St. John Paul’s goodness. I highly recommend it.
If you are looking for a serious and meaty biography, go for the marvelous George Weigel’s great “Witness to Hope.” Perhaps most important, you should read the Encyclicals of John Paul II, himself. My personal favorite is Centesimus Annus, which explains how freedom and community should work together. It is also the only explication I have ever seen of an economic system that is fully rational, fully humane, and fully free. Five hundred years from now, people will still be studying the works of St. John Paul – and will have still only begun to plumb his depths.