Overview

A deeply reported, fast-paced expose of the money and the cardinals-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, 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 church 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.
God s Bankers has it all: a rare expose 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 church s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger dilemmas of the world 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 Vatican 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.

Editorial Reviews
  • An outstanding book--John L. Allen, journalist for The Boston Globe
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert 09/15/2014 pg. 46 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2014 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • Publishers Weekly 12/22/2014 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 01/01/2015 pg. 25 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • Library Journal 02/01/2015 pg. 95 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • New York Times Book Review 03/22/2015 pg. 14 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • New York Times Book Review 03/29/2015 pg. 26 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
  • Choice 08/01/2015 (EAN 9781416576570, Hardcover)
About the Author

GERALD POSNER is the award-winning author of nine books, including Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11 and Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK. A frequent commentator on television talk and news shows, Posner has also written for many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Miami Beach and New York City with his wife, the author Trisha Posner.

Product Details
Author:  Gerald Posner
ISBN:  1416576576   
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publish Date:  February 03, 2015
Pages:  752 pages
Dimensions:  1.58" H x 9.21" L x 6.3" W (1.95 lbs) 

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


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