Joseph Ratzinger was born in Marktl, Germany (Bavaria), April 16, 1927. He was a University theologian, Bishop, Arch-bishop, and then a Cardinal. In 1981 he was appointed to be Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (more info on CDF).
Joseph Ratzinger is a wonderful and understandable writer. On this page I feature some of his books, which, in some cases I have rated using the HugeReviews.com rating system (starting w/HUGE).
Jesus of Nazareth is an amazing book. The Pope gives explanations of the Beatitudes, Jesus' temptations and all the major points we should understand for our daily lives in such clear and compelling way. Though he is highly intellectual, his writing voice comes across like sitting at your favorite Uncles knee.
I have not found any of his books hard to read or disappointing in anyway. As we learn from the history of the religion of the God of Abraham, the problem that is eternal is that man does not "agree" with God always, and therefore remakes the sin of Adam and Eve over and over again. Our need for immediate gratification all to often outweighs our desire for eternal life in the Kingdom of God. God help us. Amen.