Backed by a wealth of new research, John Cornwell tells for the first time the story of the World War II career of Eugenio Pacelli, the man who was Pope Pius XII, arguably the most dangerous churchman in modern history. In the first decade of the century, as a brilliant young Vatican lawyer, Pacelli helped shape a new ideology of unprecedented papal power in Germany. In 1933 Hitler became his negotiating partner, an agreement was arranged that granted religious and financial payments to the Catholic Church in exchange for their withdrawal from social and political privillage, ensuring the rise of Nazism.
-- Sold almost 100,000 copies in hardcover
-- Sparked worldwide controversy both inside and outside the Catholic Church
-- Spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and appeared on the Newsday, Boston Globe, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, NCIBA, and Independent bestseller lists
-- A Book-of-the-Month Club, History Book Club, and QuaLity Paperback Book Club SeLection
-- Excerpted in Vanity Fair
-- As seen on "Sixty Minutes"