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The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia: Money, Murder and the Mafia
The Vatican Exposed: Money, Murder, and the Mafia: Money, Murder and the Mafia
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More gripping than most thrillers, 25. April 2013
The Vatican Exposed illustrates the history of the catholic church throughout the 20th Century, filled by more or lesser well known scandals. At the brink of bankruptcy in the 20s the Vatican agrees to a deal with the devil, or Mussolini in this case, resulting in the sovereignty of the Vatican state and henceforth made them untouchable. What follows is a showpiece for the self-proclaimed infallibility and moral superiority of the largest organized church:
- the creation of the Vatican Bank and various scandals, including money laundering for the Italian mafia. The stakes held in companies that produce weapons or birth control alone indicates a slight disconnect between preaching and action. This part is probably the best known to the public following the mysterious death of God's Banker Roberto Calvi in 1982
- the involvement in WW II, atrocities done by members of the church in Eastern Europe tolerated by the successor of St. Peter and in supporting Nazi criminals to flee Europe.

The Vatican Bank (misleadingly called Institute for the Works of Religion) alone and the recent money laundering allegations should be a sign for everyone that the Vatican is primarily interested in money and power.

All in all an excellent, at times infuriating, read, some parts seem incredible for an institution like the Catholic Church, yet probably not surprising given the better known scandals of the past. Should make every reader think about the role and interests of organized religion.


You Are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself.
You Are Not So Smart: Why Your Memory is Mostly Fiction, Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informative and excellent read, 25. April 2013
This book must be one of my favorite reads in the last 12 months, highly entertaining, funny, engaging and well written. I for one could identify myself with most chapters - not always easy to come to that realization that you are not so smart after all. Though I had some courses in university which covered some of the topics, I was able to learn a lot about myself and others, what makes us tick so to speak.

Recommended to anyone even remotely interested in psychology and topics somewhat connected to this (media, marketing etc).


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