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

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

by Mark Riebling

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The heart-pounding history of how Pope Pius XII — often labeled "Hitler's Pope" — was in fact an anti-Nazi spymaster, plotting against the Third Reich during World War II.

The Vatican's silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. 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.

Pope Pius in fact ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he sent birthday cards to Hitler — while secretly plotting to kill him. He skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. Under his leadership the Vatican spy ring actively plotted against the Third Reich.

Told with heart-pounding suspense and drawing on secret transcripts and unsealed files by an acclaimed author, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. Riebling reveals here how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465094110
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 240,561
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Riebling is a path-breaking writer on secret intelligence. The author of Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA, he lives in New York.

Table of Contents

1. Darkness over the Earth
2. The End of Germany
3. Joey Ox
4. Extraordinary Affairs
5. The Pope Is Very Interested
6. Luck of the Devil
7. The Black Chapel
8. Absolute Secrecy
9. The X-Report
10. Warnings to the West
11. The Brown Birds
12. Forging the Iron
13. The Committee
14. Conversations in the Crypt
15. Shootout at the Cathedral
16. A Bottle of Cognac
17. The Siegfried Blueprints
18. The White Knight
19. Prisoner of the Vatican
20. It Must Happen
21. Holy Germany
22. The Trove
23. Hell
24. The Gallows
25. A Dead Man
26. The Emerald Lake

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