God's Bankers

God's Bankers

A History of Money and Power at the Vatican

eBook - 2015
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A deeply reported, New York Times bestselling exposé of the money and the clerics-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican--the world's biggest, most powerful religious institution--from 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, God's Bankers traces the political intrigue of the Catholic Church in "a meticulous work that cracks wide open the Vatican's legendary, enabling secrecy" ( Kirkus Reviews ). Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this book is about the church's 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 world's most influential organizations.

God's 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 church's 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 Vatican's 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439109861
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 732 pages) : illustrations


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Aug 02, 2017

Writing/investigative reporting is OK, but the content exposing the behavior of all involved is disheartening.

lms Jul 09, 2015

Booklist top ten Business Books 2015

Mar 19, 2015

Would recommend reading Hot Money and the Politics of Debt, by well-known Canadian social economist, R.T. Nayor - - written in the 1980s, but far superior to Posner's book. Can't trust Posner after that hatchet job of his on the Kennedy murder.

Mar 17, 2015

look for . . . “The Vatican Empire : an authoritative report the reveals the Vatican as a nerve center of high finance – and penetrates the secrecy of Papal wealth” 1968 by Nino Lo Bello 1922-1997 also published 1970 by Fireside pbk ISBN-10: 0671205196 . . ISBN-13: 978-0671205195


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