A St. Louis priest, historian, and author who wrote more than 50 books has died at the age of 96. William Barnaby Faherty’s books covered a variety of topics including the history of the St. Louis area, the Apollo space program, women’s rights, and the life of Henry Shaw who founded the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. One of his novels was turned into the 1968 movie, “Guns for San Sebastian” that starred Anthony Quinn and Charles Bronson.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, however, that his best book might have been called “American Catholic Heritage: Stories of Growth.” One chapter asserts that the Vatican has never understood the American Catholic church.