- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014311400X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143114000
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John Cornwell is in the department of history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. He is a regular feature writer at the Sunday Times (London) and the author and editor of four books on science, including Power to Harm, on the Louisville Prozac trial, as well as Hitler’s Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII and Breaking Faith: Can the Catholic Church Save Itself?
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You can feel the author's respect for his church and the pain he feels in presenting a true and accurate picture of what occurred based on his findings in primary and secondary historical sources. So revealing was the anti-Semitism within the Vatican for years and Pacelli's political maneuvering to look so moral and compassionate to all peoples when all the while his silence meant so horrible a fate to thousands.
The title is a bit sensationalistic (probably intended to sell more books). As Cornwell clearly states, Pacelli was no friend of Hitler's. It's easy to sit in our armchairs 50 years later and second-guess what he should have done during the war, but I don't think anyone is entitled to demand someone else's martyrdom. Surrounded by Fascist Italy, and with at least one Nazi plot to kidnap him, one can hardly blame Pacelli for not coming down on the side of the Allies. I think there's room to give him the benefit of the doubt (which Cornwell, alas doesn't) that he felt that maintaining neutrality was the best strategy (for both the papacy and the world), and sincerely believed what he said, that protests would have caused more harm than good in the long run.
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