When I first saw the movie "Scarlet and the Black" (circa 1983) starring Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, I developed a lot of admiration for the main character Hugh O'Flaherty. In the opening credits of the film, it says it is based on a true story and cites this book "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican" by J P Gallagher. Hence I was very keen to read the book. The book tells a somewhat different story - the film tends to attribute a lot of the actions to Hugh O'Flaherty but in the book it is discovered that is not always the case. Anyway, I found the book interesting to read and I really liked the photos showing some of the people who were part of the "organisation". Before purchasing the book, it was said to be in good condition, but when I received it, it was actually in excellent condition, so that was a bonus!