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St Inside the Vatican Behind Today's Sensational HeadlinesBreathtaking suspense unparal Story of the attack on John Paul II in a revised version Very speculative

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Popes a behind the scenes story of papal life political intrigue that reads like a nove A good book to educate yourself on the events of the Popes from Paul VI to JP to JPII It may be a history book but the writing analysing the events and the placement of events within the book make it a definite worth the purchase and read

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Leled detail a triumph of resarch revelation The Vatican the KGB the year of the three Pontiff is the story of three Popes Paul VI John Paul I John Paul II including the deaths of the first two and the conclaves and electioneering of the second and third As the frontispiece states this is ‘a portrait and day to day account of the lives personalities and relationships’ of these three Popeswritten when the third was still VERY ACTIVE The reader learns of the humanity liberalism and leadership abilities of Pope John Paul I who died 33 days after his coronation in 1978 leaving the way for Carol Wojtyla to become the first non Italian Pope John Paul II’s visits and hardline messag Mexico Brazil Poland Ireland the United States and the Philippines His involvement in world politics including Northern Ireland and Poland prior to the breakdown of the Soviet Union is very clear Because the book was published in 1983 the reader is introduced to Marcinkus head of the Vatican Bank and involved in financial scandals for years but we do not get see the longer term issues that arosenor the cleaning up in 2014 finally by Pope Francis This is a surprising book for a couple of reasons including the authors are good storytellers keeping this reader engaged in some of the smallest details of the Vatican schedule conclave politics and organization multiple references to the growth of terrorismremember this was published in 1983 The seeds of today are seen in these discussionswith terrorist training camps run by a former CIA man in Libya for multiple countries strong evidence that the KGB did indeed support and drive Pope JPII’s assailant who shot and almost killed himthe secrets of the conclaves that the authors seem to getand information about how they got themThese are writers who specialize in investigative reporting and secret intelligence 'type' books who write beautifully in this investigative report  I enjoyed their attention to some details and their ability to bring the reader with them in their discussion of those details whether it was what the Pope's study looked like or the policemen in the open air below the Pope's apartment  I also looked at the research and do not feel they overstretched their discussion  They have good resources and references  I DO think the marketing of the book being about 'murder' the KGB and the Vatican is stretching it  This was a story of three pontiffs with emphasis on the political intrigue both within and outside of the Vatican walls  The weakest part of the story was about Akbar ‘the Jackal’


About the Author: Gordon Thomas

Gordon Thomas born 1933 is a Welsh author who has written than fifty booksThomas was born in Wales in a cemetery keeper's cottage where his grandmother lived He had his first story published at nine years old in a Boy's Own Paper competition With his father in the RAF he traveled widely and was educated at the Cairo High School the Maritz Brothers in Port Elizabeth South Africa and



9 thoughts on “Pontiff AUTHOR Gordon Thomas

  1. says:

    Great information Fascinating read about the year 1978 when the Catholic Church had 3 popes and 2 conclaves Added to this is the attempted murder on Pope John Paul II in 1982 Ideology aside and if you enjoy history this is a great book to get introduced to the world of the Vatican and the church A lot of detailed information about the personal lives of the popes and the politics within the Catholic Church Well written and researched although my copy had a lot of typos Very annoying


  2. says:

    Story of the attack on John Paul II in a revised version Very speculative


  3. says:

    Muy buen libro su contenido es de alto valor descriptivo y preciso en sus referencias metodológicas del cónclave así como de los muñeueos políticos ue suceden alrededor y dentro del mismo He llegado a citar este libro en trabaos académicos y por eso sé ue la versión en español ue tengo no es fácil de conseguir


  4. says:

    Pontiff is the story of three Popes Paul VI John Paul I John Paul II including the deaths of the first two and the conclaves and electioneering of the second and third As the frontispiece states this is ‘a portrait and day to day account of the lives personalities and relationships’ of these three Popeswritten when the third was still VERY ACTIVE The reader learns of the humanity liberalism and leadership abilities of Pope John Paul I who died 33 days after his coronation in 1978 leaving the way for Carol Wojtyla to become the first non Italian Pope John Paul II’s visits and hardline messag Mexico Brazil Poland Ireland the United States and the Philippines His involvement in world politics including Northern Ireland and Poland prior to the breakdown of the Soviet Union is very clear Because the book was published in 1983 the reader is introduced to Marcinkus head of the Vatican Bank and involved in financial scandals for years but we do not get see the longer term issues that arosenor the cleaning up in 2014 finally by Pope Francis This is a surprising book for a couple of reasons including the authors are good storytellers keeping this reader engaged in some of the smallest details of the Vatican schedule conclave politics and organization multiple references to the growth of terrorismremember this was published in 1983 The seeds of today are seen in these discussionswith terrorist training camps run by a former CIA man in Libya for multiple countries strong evidence that the KGB did indeed support and drive Pope JPII’s assailant who shot and almost killed himthe secrets of the conclaves that the authors seem to getand information about how they got themThese are writers who specialize in investigative reporting and secret intelligence 'type' books who write beautifully in this investigative report  I enjoyed their attention to some details and their ability to bring the reader with them in their discussion of those details whether it was what the Pope's study looked like or the policemen in the open air below the Pope's apartment  I also looked at the research and do not feel they overstretched their discussion  They have good resources and references  I DO think the marketing of the book being about 'murder' the KGB and the Vatican is stretching it  This was a story of three pontiffs with emphasis on the political intrigue both within and outside of the Vatican walls  The weakest part of the story was about Akbar ‘the Jackal’


  5. says:

    This book covers the final years of the pontificate of Paul VI through the attempted assassination of John Paul II Comprising biographies of those two popes as well the short reign of John Paul I it serves as an introduction to the modern Vatican and its history until 1982 I am no expert on the institutions of the Catholic Church but I have read a general history of the papacy and a biography of John Paul I previously As regards the latter this book while admitting to the scandalous activities of the Vatican Bank does not jump to the assumption that he was assassinated despite the admitted fact that his successor protected both the head of the bank and his colleague John Cody Archbishop of Chicago The authors trace the origins of such rumors but do not give them much credence Indeed there is no firm evidenceRunning throughout the book is the story of Mehmet Ali Agca the Turk who unsuccessfully attempted to kill John Paul II and his supposed colleagues among the Turkish far right and the Bulgarian communists There are even purported KGB and CIA connections assigned to this hapless criminal Here I am certainly not ualified to judge but the book's treatment of such an unlikely coalescence motivates me to look for additional information on the failed conspiracyThis is not an objective history It's too close to the events it closes with to be that Its lack of an index was often irksome Still it is a fast paced well written popular history which will serve as an introduction to the period and persons it covers


  6. says:

    uite a few typographical errors and some misnomers With the amount of research and interviews the misnomers could have been avoided


  7. says:

    Found a few typos and a few misnomers otherwise it seems from the notes that the authors conducted some extensive interviews and research


  8. says:

    A good book to educate yourself on the events of the Popes from Paul VI to JP to JPII It may be a history book but the writing analysing the events and the placement of events within the book make it a definite worth the purchase and read


  9. says:

    A good examination of the events from the death of Paul VI through the assassination attempt on John Paul II


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