Simon & Schuster
On Sale: February 3, 2015
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Religion
A deeply reported, fast-paced exposĂ© of the money and the
cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vaticanâ€”the
worldâ€™s biggest, most powerful religious institutionâ€”from an
acclaimed journalist with â€śexhaustive research techniquesâ€ť
(The New York Times).
From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct,
a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this
book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the
Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God,
or religious doctrine, this book is about the churchâ€™s
accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with
financial markets 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 perhaps the most influential organization
in the history of the world.
Godâ€™s Bankers has it all: a rare exposĂ© and an astounding
saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered
prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private investigators, and
questionable 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 churchâ€™s aims and ambitions, but
reflect the larger dilemmas of the worldâ€™s 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 Vaticanâ€™s
Machiavellian inner court and to rein in the excesses of its
seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. Part thriller,
part financial tell-all, this book shows 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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