Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

By | June 22, 2017
Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler Author Mark Riebling
ISBN-10 0465094112
ISBN-13 9780465094110
Year 2016-11-08
Pages 392
Language English
Publisher Basic Books
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Hailed as powerful and provocative Washington Post heart pounding New York Times and brilliant Kirkus intelligence expert Mark Riebling s groundbreaking bookWedge inspired no fewer than seven assorted congressional committees internal evaluators and blue ribbon panels Wall Street Journal Now in the long awaitedChurch of Spies Riebling documents an epic secret battle in the Second World War and reframes one of the great historical controversies of our age The Vatican s stance toward Nazism is fiercely debated History has accused wartime pontiff Pius the Twelfth of complicity in the Holocaust and dubbed him Hitler s Pope But a key part of the story has remained untold Pius ran the world s largest church smallest state and oldest spy service Saintly but secretive he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers and surreptitiously tape recorded his meetings with top Nazis When he learned of the Holocaust Pius played his cards close to his chest He sent birthday cards to Hitler while plotting to overthrow him Church of Spiesdocuments this cross and dagger intrigue in shocking detail Gun toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler s homes A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler s bodyguard The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected They inspired European unification forged a U S Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War and challenged Church teachings on Jews Yet Pius secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions he never spoke the fiery words he wanted Told with heart pounding suspense based on secret transcripts and unsealed files Church of Spiesthrows open the Vatican s doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy

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