Academic journal article Military Review

Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War against Hitler

Academic journal article Military Review

Church of Spies: The Pope's Secret War against Hitler

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CHURCH OF SPIES The Pope's Secret War Against Hitler Mark Riebling, Basic Books, New York, 2015, 384 pages

Mark Riebling has written an extraordinary work of literature in Church of Spies: The Popes Secret War Against Hitler. In this, his second major publication, Riebling does a fantastic job of delivering his thesis that contrary to public opinion, Pope Pius XII was actively engaged in establishing a covert network to work for peace during World War II. An accomplished academic, Riebling worked as a book editor before serving as the editorial director of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research for ten years. Post-9/11, he cofounded and became the director of the Center for Policing Terrorism which gave him experience in successfully profiling secret groups. Widely considered an expert in intelligence and espionage, his experience allows him to navigate the networks he writes about in Church of Spies. Rieblings writing style will capture you quickly. Easy to read, Church of Spies primarily follows the actions of Josef Muller, a German Catholic patriot, who acted as the primary liaison between the German regular army intelligence chief and the Vatican.

This book primarily covers the period starting six months before Germany's invasion of Poland and continuing through the end of the war. Church of Spies also dives into the history of Bishop Eugenio Pacelli, including how his upbringing as a priest and bishop influenced his actions once he became Pope Pius XII. …

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