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The Last Supper Paperback – 12 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (12 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845292960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845292966
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book is full of incredible stories, leads, hints and
allegatiopns across 30 years of post-WW2 history'
-- Lobster - review 'This book is full of incredible stories, leads, hints and allegatiopns across 30 years of post-WW2 history' Lobster

Phew! This book is a massive read. -- The Roman Forum, January 2008

The meticulously researched book makes for a surprisingly smooth and fascinating read. -- Bloomberg, May 27 2007

The meticulously researched book makes for a surprisingly smooth and fascinating read.
-- Bloomberg

This book is full of incredible stories, leads, hints and allegations across 30 years of post-WW2 history. -- Lobster

This powerfully written account will be required reading for students of recent Italian and Vatican history. -- The Tablet, February 2 2008

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The death of Roberto 'God's Banker' Calvi, found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in 1982 days before his bank's collapse, remains one of the most extraordinary crimes of all time. Investigative journalist Philip Willan finally uncovers the full truth behind Calvi's death and his last days on the run.

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By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2008
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For Philip Willan, the enigma of Roberto Calvi's murder can only be solved in the context of the Cold War, of the global war on communism.
Italy was strategically (its border with communist countries) and politically (a strong Communist Party) a very important country in this global war. It was governed by occult forces, by unaccountable power. There was even a plan to declare Sicily independent should the mainland become communist.

Calvi's Banco Ambrosiano (BA) was a key player in this secret western power network. Calvi could blackmail (and blow the whistle on) all those groups he financed in order to save the BA, who was on the brink of bankruptcy. Who were those (intermingling) groups?
1. BA financed Western secret services and their clandestine cold war operations in and outside Italy. It financed the opposition in communist countries (Solidarity in Poland) and financial and political strongholds in South America (Argentina, Peru, Colombia).
2. Inside Italy, it supported anti-communist political parties (PSI). It exported illegally currencies for wealthy individuals and laundered money for drug traffickers, with the help of the Vatican bank, IOR.
3. The Vatican: Calvi had contacted Opus Dei for a cash injection in the IOR. But the Vatican preferred negotiated settlements with communist regimes, instead of Opus Dei's all-out ideological war.
4. The Masonic lodge P2 with its strategy of controlling the democratic State from within by buying 3 key players: the political parties, the media and the trade unions.
At the end, Roberto Calvi was deserted by the members of his secret power network. Perhaps members of the Mafia killed him, but the `contract' came from more powerful members of `a wider network of secret global power'.
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I don't mean to be critical of the author, by god have they done their research and it is a clear and well written book. I can't fault it on that, but it is tough to read - the first chapter is excellent, but once you get into the general financial dealings, maybe its just that the fact majority of the names are Italian and perhaps to me they seem to merge into one a bit, but its a bit like reading the Book of Ships from the Illiad - just name after name after name, its hard to follow and to maintain concentration.

That being said, perhaps if you are better versed in this general area to begin with then it will suit you fine. I really can not criticize the author, it is what it promised to be, a detailed and in-depth exploration of all the surrounding events, but for me I found it a real struggle to finish and am not sure I am much wiser for it as I kept losing interest in the name after name after name pages.
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`The Last Supper' is much more than just a book about the murder of one man. It is an important part of Italian history. The struggle of anti-communist forces led by Calvi's Banco Ambrosiano and right wing factions in the Vatican against pro-communist left wing factions led by Aldo Moro, Paul VI, John Paul I and others who also lost their lives in this struggle.

Whereas this book limits itself to the man who was found hanging under Blackfriar Bridge in London, another more in depth investigation The Vatican Murders:: The Life and Death of John Paul I proves the conspiracy that planned the Great Vatican Bank Scandal was the same conspiracy that plotted the murder of Aldo Moro, John Paul I and other leaders of the Marxist movement in the western world. More importantly, it is the most complete record of this little recalled undeclared war of the 1970s.

On the morning of his kidnap (and murder), Aldo Moro was scheduled to move communist ministers into control of Parliament. Midway into his papacy the 33-day pope announced his intent to bring Moro's dream to fruition. Who really had the motive? The accused and readily framed communist organization the Red Brigades or the CIA?
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Without the expected rigour, so about a sensitive subject, involving many people and societies.
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