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Church of Spies

The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

Published by Basic Books .

About the Book

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.

Pius ran the world's largest church, smallest state, and oldest spy service. Saintly but secretive, he skimmed from church charities to pay covert couriers, and surreptitiously tape-recorded his meetings with top Nazis. When he learned of the Holocaust, Pius played his cards close to his chest. He sent birthday cards to Hitler—while secretly plotting to kill him.

Church of Spies documents this cloak and dagger intrigue in shocking detail. Gun-toting Jesuits stole blueprints to Hitler's homes. A Catholic book publisher flew a sports plane over the Alps with secrets filched from the head of Hitler's bodyguard. The keeper of the Vatican crypt ran a spy ring that betrayed German war plans and wounded Hitler in a briefcase bombing.

The plotters made history in ways they hardly expected. They inspired European unification, forged a U.S.-Vatican alliance that spanned the Cold War, and challenged Church teachings on Jews. Yet Pius' secret war muted his public response to Nazi crimes. Fearing that overt protest would impede his covert actions, he never spoke the “fiery words” he wanted.

Told with heart-pounding suspense, based on secret transcripts and unsealed files, Church of Spies throws open the Vatican's doors to reveal some of the most astonishing events in the history of the papacy. The result is an unprecedented book that will change perceptions of how the world's greatest moral institution met the greatest moral crisis in history.

Table of Contents

1. Darkness over the Earth
2. The End of Germany
3. Joey Ox
4. Tyrannicide
5. Someone to Kill Him
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 in the Cathedral
16. Two Bottles 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

The Physical Object

Format Hardcover
Number of pages 384
Weight 15.2 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25892897M
ISBN 13 978-0465022298
LC Control Number 2015024814

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