God's bankers A history of money and power at the Vatican

Gerald L. Posner

Sound recording - 2015

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 church₂s 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.

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Series
Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
Subjects
Published
Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio [2015]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
17 audio discs (approximately 22 hrs., 10 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Production Credits
Director, Mel Foster.
ISBN
9781501260872
1501260871
Main Author
Gerald L. Posner (author)
Other Authors
Tom Parks, 1965- (narrator)
  • Murder in London
  • The last pope king
  • Enter the black nobles
  • "Merely a palace, not a state"
  • An unholy alliance
  • "The pope banker"
  • Prelude to war
  • A policy of silence
  • The blacklist
  • Blood money
  • A Nazi spy in the Vatican?
  • The ratline
  • "He's no pope"
  • The men of confidence
  • "You can't run the church on Hail Marys"
  • Operation Fraulein
  • Il crack sindona
  • The battle of two scorpions
  • "A psychopathic paranoid"
  • The year of three popes
  • The backdoor deal
  • "The Vatican has abandoned me"
  • "You have to kill thePope"
  • "Tell your father to be quiet"
  • "Protect the source"
  • "A heck of a lot of money"
  • "I've been poisoned"
  • White finance
  • Suitcases of cash
  • Burying the trail on Nazi gold
  • "A criminal underground in the priesthood"
  • "His inbox was a disaster"
  • The kingmaker becomes king
  • "As flat as stale beer"
  • Chasing the white list
  • The world has changed
  • Thel powerbroker
  • The butler
  • A vote of no confidence
  • "A time bomb"
  • The Swiss James Bond
  • "The people's pope"
  • "Back from the dead."
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A deeply reported, fast-paced exposé 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 audiobook traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook 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 exposé 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 audiobook shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.