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The Scarlet and the Black: The True Story of Monsignor Hugh O Flaherty, Hero of the Vatican Underground Paperback – November 1, 2009
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This is the story of a Catholic priest, more, about one man's personal campaign against evil and he did not care what uniform it wore. He was not in partnership with any nationality. His first loyalty was to Rome and the Vatican. But, he waged his campaign knowing that the system could only go so far in sheltering him and those who worked with him and unselfishly, he never let personal risk deter him from doing what he saw as right.
One need not be a Catholic or Christian to appreciate the lengths he went to and risks he took in opposing the greatest evil of the last century. Do not let religious bias stay you from reading this. As the man himself was big, his story is bigger than that.
My only disappointment was that there are no footnotes identifying the sources of the information in the text and there is no Index to help the reader find information in the book. I would also have found it helpful to have a "Cast of Characters" to help keep the people straight in my mind. (For readers wanting a more scholarly approach to the same topic, perhaps Stephen Walker's "Hide and Seek" would be an option, which I have also read and reviewed.) And I do like a few more photos than were included here as they help to make connections. But all considered, I highly recommend this book as it sheds light on a little-known aspect of World War II.
I read this book after viewing the DVD by the same name on the same subject. Gregory Peck plays Msgr. O'Flaherty in the movie and is a much more dashing figure than Msgr. O'Flaherty in real life, but such is Hollywood!