Date: April 2015
Duration: 21 hours 57 minutes
By a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, God’s Bankers traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook details the church’s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine financial entanglements across the world. Through the stories of two hundred years of prelates, bishops, cardinals, and the Popes who oversaw it all, Gerald Posner uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in one of the world’s most influential organizations.
God’s Bankers has it all: a revelatory and astounding saga marked by poisoned business titans, murdered prosecutors, and mysterious deaths written off as suicides; a carnival of characters from financiers and mobsters to kings and prime ministers; and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only the church’s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger tensions of more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed: to overcome the resistance and rein in the excesses of the Vatican Bank’s seemingly uncontrollable financial quagmire. Part thriller, part financial tell-all, this audiobook reveals with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.