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God's Bankers : A History of Money and Power at the Vatican, EPUB eBook

God's Bankers : A History of Money and Power at the Vatican EPUB

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A deeply reported, New York Times bestselling expos of the money and the clerics-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vaticanthe worlds biggest, most powerful religious institutionfrom an acclaimed journalist with exhaustive research techniques (The New York Times).

From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, Gods Bankers traces the political intrigue of the Catholic Church in a meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vaticans legendary, enabling secrecy (Kirkus Reviews). Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this book is about the churchs accumulation of wealth and its byzantine financial entanglements across the world. Told through 200 years of prelates, bishops, cardinals, and the Popes who oversee it all, Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in one of the worlds most influential organizations.

Gods Bankers has it all: a revelatory and astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, and mysterious deaths written off as suicides; a carnival of characters from Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the churchs aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger tensions of more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed: to overcome the resistance to change in the Vaticans Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. As exciting as a mystery thriller (Providence Journal), this book reveals with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.

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