The True Saint Nicholas

Why He Matters to Christmas

The True Saint Nicholas

Each Christmas, Santa Claus reemerges as a cultural icon of the holiday as millions of shoppers spend billions of dollars on food and gifts. But who was the real Saint Nicholas? What story has been lost behind the frenzy of the Christmas season? What were the principles he believed in and taught to everyone around him?


The True Saint Nicholas unveils the heart and life of a man who lived long ago—yet whose legacy has become an example for people everywhere, calling listeners to a higher order of generosity, caring, and devotion to others.


William J. Bennett reveals how Saint Nicholas’s selfless giving originated in third century Turkey, and how it remains relevant to our lives today. His is a story of devotion to God and an example of eternal goodness. This historical, yet charming rendition of the origins of the modern-day Santa reminds us of the importance of virtue and reacquaints readers with the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • ISBN 9780743599399 | 
  • November 2009
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William J. Bennett
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William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.