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The Entity: Five Centuries of Secret Vatican Espionage

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“A true story that surpasses any novel by John le Carré.”—El País (Spain)

For five centuries, the Vatican—the oldest organization in the world, maker of kings and shaper of history—has used a secret spy service, called the Holy Alliance, or later, the Entity, to carry out its will. Forty popes have relied on it to carry out their policies. They h
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2004)
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Ghada Arafat
عند قرائتي عن الكتاب ومقدمته توقعت أن أنظر إلى حقائق تاريخية جديدة موثوقة ولكن للأسف معظم ما ذكر في الكتاب هو متاح منذ مدة لأي قارئ في التاريخ الأوروبي أما الجديد فنرى الكاتب يوضح ان الحادثة ليست مؤكدة ورغم ذلك يبني باقي الأحداث عليها
Bruce
What's that old saying?: if you eat 'hot dogs' you might not want to know how the sausage gets made. Well, here's a good look at how the Catholic Church has made its institutional 'sausage' and it doesn't smell too good. Frattini has compiled his research into a compelling story which provides an awesome summary of the last five centuries of the Papacy and how the strings actually got pulled with stealth, lies, assassinations, etc. One might reasonably conclude that the Catholic Church as a temp ...more
Gillian Bourassa
Parts of the book were really fascinating, but other parts were quite dull. I would have enjoyed it more if the author focused on the episodes where the Holy Alliance was quite active (the attempts to assassinate/overthrow Elizabeth I and install Mary, Queen of Scots, as queen of England, the various issues involved in the period of the World Wars, etc) and discussed the primary sources more rather than give a general survey of the last 500 years of Church history. The other thing that bothered ...more
Nelson Cardozo
Eric Frattini tiene esa capacidad de seguir asombrando. Toma aquellos temas que solamente andan en la oscuridad y los hace tener un rostro y una identidad; es exactamente lo que sucede con este libro ampliamente documentado donde se desmaraña casi 5 siglos de un servicio de inteligencia que en el mundo ni siquiera se conoce y si se conoce nadie le da la importancia que debería. El Servicio Papal para Asuntos de Inteligencia (Santa Alianza) es una historia que hasta el día de hoy muy pocos histor ...more
Linda
Fascinating... and frightening. Five centuries of politics, espionage and murder are researched in detail. The last 100 years reveal one shocker after another, from the Vatican "Rat Line" facilitating Nazi war criminal passage to South America, to the alleged murder of a modern pope who got too close to the secrets of the Vatican Bank. The writing style is a bit dry (might be do to the translation), but the research is meticulous, and the content is chilling. A must read for any Catholic/ ex-Cat ...more
محمد على عطية
كتاب يعرض التاريخ السري للفاتيكان في الخمسمائة سنة الأخيرة من خلال عرض تاريخ جهازه المخابراتي المعروف بإسم (الحلف المقدس) أو (الكيان) و دور هذا الجهاز في المؤامرات و الإغتيالات و كذلك علاقة الكرسي الرسولي بالأنظمة السياسية المختلفة و أجهزة المخابرات بما فيها الموساد...هذا عدا التعاملات المالية القذرة لمصرف الفاتيكان و أبرزها غسيل أموال المافيا, و هو ما شهدنا لمحة منه في الجزء الثالث من فيلم (الأب الروحي) بما فيه واقعة تسميم يوحنا بولس الأول, و هو السيناريو الأقرب للحقيقة.
Damian Pearce
Filled with lots and lots of facts and figures. Mr. Frattini prosecutes the history of the Vatican`s secret service with keen diligence and even though this is what a reader would like from a subject they are interested in - it can be overwhelming, this reason as well as the fact that the people in this story only remain as names and dates with no feel for them as people - is why I don't give this fantastic piece of work 5 stars.
Nelson Cardozo
Me encantó. Los servicios secretos no son algo que se siguen escondiendo en la oscuridad o algo similar y lo que Eric trató de hacer es demostrarlo. Digo "trató" porque no lo demostró sino que llevó la hipótesis hasta un nivel extremo y uso todos los recursos disponibles a su alrededor para surtirnos con los "posibles" hechos ya que gran parte del libro también esta ambientado en su propia fantasía.

Si bien el recurso literario es abundante, los recursos documentales son pocos, muy pocos además q
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الصمت الصاخب
معلومات غاية في الروعة
انصح جميع المهتمين بتاريخ اوربا بقرائته
Ali Brisha
كتاب جيد .. لكن مشكلته غنه استغرق مني شهور طويلة جدا لإنهائه .. بدأت في كتب كثير بعده وأنهيتها ولم أنهه .. ربما تكون طريقة العرض في الجزء الأخير من الكتاب غير مخدومة جيدا .. خاصة في عرض لشخصيات كثيرة وأحداث غير معروفة دون أن يمهد لها أو يشرح عنها بما فيه الكفاية
Mohamed  Tarik El fouly
كتاب عبقرى جداً ومن الحاجات اللى لازم تتقرا... وبتبين اد ايه الصراع الكنسى مكنش صراع دينى بقدر ماكان صراع سياسى استخدمت فيه كل اساليب السياسة القذرة التى لا علاقة لها بالدين اصلاً !
Kathleen McRae
This book is a translated edition and was interesting in the history covered it at times seemed to me to be full of details that were not necessary.
Jim Corrigan
Jul 18, 2011 Jim Corrigan marked it as to-read
I had to take a break from this. There are some translation issues, I think, even though the story is interesting.
John DiPietro
Dull and plodding. Difficult to get through, and too often caught in the minutiae.
وسام الدين محمد
Very interesting but it contains too many names to remember.
Barbara
Intriguing.
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ERIC FRATTINI (1963- ) worked as a correspondent in the Middle East and has lived in Beirut (Lebanon), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Jerusalem (Israel).

Frattini is the author of around twenty books amongst which are Osama bin Laden, the sword of Alah (2001); Mafia Inc. 100 years of Cosa Nostra (2002); Vatican Secrets (2003); United Nations, a history of Corruption (2005); La Conjura, Kill to Lorenzo de Med
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