I've read the introduction and the rather short chapters on three of the ten popes featured in Eamon Duffy's latest work (published 2011) on popes and it's been very good reading so far: Ten Popes who shook the world []. The book arose from a series of ten talks on BBC Radio 4 in September 2007. The ten popes are St. Peter, St. Leo the Great, St. Gregory the Great, St. Gregory VII (Hildebrand), Innocent III, Paul III, Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII and John Paul II. Duffy writes that his choice of these ten is neither an attempt to nominate the ten best popes nor even the most influential, but that each of those chosen encapsulates one important aspect of the papacy.

Peace in and out,