Religion: A Life Alone

His haggard face gave vivid evidence that he had been harshly treated. But even then, a shocked world could hardly imagine what had been done to make so proud and stubborn a man as József Cardinal Mindszenty, Primate of Hungary, stand in the dock and drone out a confession to patently false charges of treason and conspiracy. Only when he published his Memoirs late last year did he provide a full account of how Communist police had broken his spirit. For five weeks he was harangued, stripped naked, kept forcibly awake, drugged and thrashed endlessly with a rubber truncheon until "without...