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The Power and The Glory: Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II's Vatican Paperback – 27 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845296737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845296735
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extraordinary and revelatory book. (Tribune)

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Presents the true history of the papacy of John Paul II. This book explores the continued financial scandal involving the Vatican bank, the mafia, Freemasonry, illegal money laundering and arms sales. It also tells John Paul II's real involvement in the fall of the Iron Curtain and the liberation of Poland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Skelton on 25 Jun. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is undoubtedly an eye opener, and the amount of investigation and detailed evidence that Yallop proffers is astounding. As one of the apparently dying breed of British practising Catholics I was intrigued to read the book. I expected the 'anti-papist' sentiment one often gets in this sort of 'expose' book but in the circumstances I think the author made a good stab of simply offering the evidence (much of which was, sadly for me, damning)and allowing the reader to decide. There are without doubt huge issues of corruption and abuse within the church. I hope that books like this can shame the powers in the church into reverting to the Catholic Church's original ethos of caring and loving rather than allowing much of this nonsense to carry on. Well done the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TrueBrits_forever on 1 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
This book exposes the truth of the corrupt Karol Wojtyła. He was seeking glory for himself, NOT God. He relaxed the rules to sainthood and instructed those close to him in the Vatican he was to be known as Pope John Paul the Great. Karol Wojtyła was the complete opposite of a saint. He delighted in all the material and opulent pleasures in the Vatican such as replacing the upstairs old kitchen with a state-of-the-art kitchen in the Pope's private quarters and installing an Olympic sized pool for his and the cardinals use. He did NOT live as Jesus Christ lived: "The foxes have their dens and the birds of the air have their nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head". "Do not store up earthly treasures, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal". Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) was a hypocrite! He was just the opposite of Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) who wanted to restore the Church as the Church of the poor as Christ intended it to be. Pope John Paul I (the first) is the saint. Thank you very much indeed to David Yallop for exposing the truth about the hypocrisy and corruption of Karol Wojtyła. I highly recommend this book.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
This lengthy book is an account of the John-Paul II years, but with the rose-tinted glasses removed. David Yallop has assembled an incredible amount of material to present the behind the scenes story of what really went on in the Vatican, particularly focusing on the fall of communism, the scandals that beset the Vatican Bank, and the child-abuse scandal for which the Catholic Church has become a by-word in recent years. But the main focus is on John-Paul himself and the man behind the myth.

The book is biographical to a degree and demolishes quite a few myths about John-Paul, not least the story of his war-years when far from rescuing Jews from Nazism as the official story goes, he was closeted away in protected employment and had little to do with resistance or rescue operations. Although John-Paul abhorred the communist system as such, once he became Pope, he adopted the usual Vatican diplomacy line of working with communist states rather than trying to destroy them. The eventual fall of communism was far more to do with Russian President Gorbachev than the then Pope. John-Paul II had a blind spot about liberation theology and this prompted him to follow the Reagan line of supporting extreme right-wing governments in South America rather than working with his own priests to relieve the suffering of the poor.

Yallop is particularly strong on the Vatican Bank and Banco Ambrosiano scandals and it is depressing to see how the upper echelons of the Vatican were totally embroiled in money-laundering and cover-ups, with Pope John-Paul refusing to do anything to remove those indulging in blatantly criminal behaviour. But it is sections of Yallop's book which deal with the child abuse scandal which are the most depressing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ManAtTheWindow on 14 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
David Yallop is a meticulous investigative journalist who refuses to speculate on possibilities. He provides sources and references for every significant item in his research. It is not for me to state in a review what conclusions other readers should draw from his presentation; I will say, however, that anyone remotely interested in getting to the truth of controversies surrounding the papacy of John Paul II ought to study The Power And The Glory.

Whether on the issue of the damaging child abuse scandals for which the Catholic Church is being widely criticised; or on its involvement with organised crime, and the Mafia in particular; or on its part in the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano in 1982; or in the matter of Rome's participation in geopolitics; or in the connections between the Vatican and international Freemasonry; or on a host of other matters of significant interest, this is a book which strives to gather cold, hard facts, backed up by credible sources and then presents them as objectively as possible. If all you're looking for is another publicity puff to bolster the campaign to canonise John Paul II with unprecedented haste, this is most certainly not the book you want.

I recommend this book to those who like to assess evidence for themselves and make up their own minds about the conclusions to be drawn.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2008
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Absolutely brilliant book covering the "reign" of Pope John Paul II and his high handed authoritarian style. Why we should be surprised I don't know but it is still shocking to read of the corruption that is rife in this appalling organisation. Child abuse, money laundering, the Mafia, political interference, cover ups, downright lying, Nazi collaboration etc etc. There are some marvellous passages about the Churches attitude to wealth and how it's fine for them to be loaded at the expense of the congregations. Tony Blair has recently converted. Cormack Murphy O'Connor was the master of ceremonies for the event. I wonder if TB has read the sections about the paedophile cover ups? Highly recommended.
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