A book which I found contained new and insightful facts about the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church through the ages. Hall writes in an informed and authorititive manner, clearly comfortable with his subject. I particularly liked the chapters concerning the papacy and the extermination of the Jews in the Second World War; an episode which does not reflect much credit on the church or its hierachy. I reccommend this book to anyone interested in history, in religion or just for a thumping good read about one of the world's dominant forces. end.