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In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I Paperback – Apr 9 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (April 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780786719846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719846
  • ASIN: 0786719842
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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"A thriller ... ÝYallop has surely proved that there is a case to answer."

About the Author

David Yallop is a highly regarded investigative journalist and "seeker of justice." He has overturned opinion with every book he has written, continuously uncovering injustice and truth in his research into the Derek Bentley case, Carlos the Jackal, and the murder of John Paul I.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hamilton, playwright on Dec 31 2006
Format: Paperback
From 1978 to 1983, the Vatican's strategy was to suppress the memory of the liberal 33 day pope and the true circumstances of his mysterious death. Then in 1984, David Yallop's 'In God's Name' did a riveting job in proving this pope was murdered. In 1985, the Vatican recruited clergy in several countries to write brief biographical sketches that painted him out to be a man who ignored the issues of his day and spent his life on his knees. Nothing could be further from the truth, as for twenty years as a bishop he had been a rampaging locomotive running about the Vatican, the courts and Parliament of Italy struggling for human rights for the oppressed; the reason he had risen to the papacy.

There have been several books written about this pope's unwitnessed death, of which I would give only two of them more than one star. Most of the others have been commissioned by the Vatican to spread the misconception that this man died of a heart attack. Only two of them tell the truth. This book and 'Murder in the Vatican' by Lucien Gregoire.

Whereas, no one is going to walk away from either of these books without the firm conviction this man was murdered. There is a difference. Yallop claims he was murdered because of his involvement in the Vatican Bank. Gregoire presents compelling proof that two Opus Dei bishops, who later rose to high rank, masterminded the murders of John Paul and his six closest friends in the fall of 1978. He answers the question: Did his struggle for planned parenthood, the remarried, women, homosexuals, bastards and others cost him his life? Yet, the credit goes mostly to Yallop. Had he not written his book, Gregoire would have never written his book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren Greene on Jan. 3 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Having followed Albino Luciani for thirty years of his ministry and for as many years after his death, I thought it might be helpful to set forth the historical record of investigations into the unwitnessed death of a man whose physical exam just three months earlier had declared him to be in exceptional health.

On the heels of the sudden and unwitnessed death of the youngest pope to die in four hundred years, Zottola & Pena published `They Have Murdered the Pope: Operation Pigeon' driven by what was at the time the most obvious motive for murder: John Paul's threat of economic movement toward Marxism in the west and liberal reformation within the Church. The book--a novel--came remarkably close to the truth in its fictional creation of `Operation Pigeon'--a blend of curia cardinals and capitalistic powers and the disappearance of Vatican Bank money in Central America.

In 1984, Yallop made the case for murder. In `In God's Name' he offers the hypothesis: three archbishops--Marcinkus, Cody and Villot--conspired in the Vatican bank scandal to the benefit of three Mafia types--Calvi, Sindona and Gelli. John Paul was murdered because an audit he ordered of the Vatican bank would have exposed transactions which exploded in the press four years later as the `Great Vatican Bank Scandal'--the Vatican transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Nicaragua (believed to have gone to the Contras to overthrow the communist Sandinistas government). Much to his credit, Yallop revived the liberal identity of the 33-day Pope particularly as it concerned itself with contraception; something the Vatican had gone out of its way to annihilate.
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By Canuck Teach on Aug. 3 2014
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Yallop is gold. If he writes it, take it to the bank. After 4 (?) non-fiction offerings on the Vatican, the Holy See must bristle anytime someone named 'David' is mentioned out loud (I hear they frowned when it was announced that 'David' Clarkson signed with the Leafs (--: ) I knew Yallop had his murder mystery solved when Pope JP II passed on, and was laid out 'in state' for public viewing - why was JP I cremated and buried at 4:00 am the morning after his demise? Be prepared to plow through mounds of forensic detail on the financial misdealings of the Vatican Bank, and their nefarious partnerships with mobsters, thugs, and swindlers. Yallop leaves no stone unturned. He is the 'Babe Ruth' of investigative journalism. I am sure the Vatican wishes he had chosen to write about baseball.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By edfan on Dec 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
This crowded, turbulent book has a cast of characters straight out of the Godfather movie series! It will appeal to conspiracy theorists as well as mystery buffs. As is usual with celebrity bios, dramatic license is exercised frequently throughout. Words are put into the mouths of people at all levels of "Vatican, Inc." and you will be amazed as you follow the sequence of church history after the period covered by this author.
One warning: Every copy I've seen has been in poor condition. I don't think they manufactured this book very well. The pages fall out, especially the pictures. I would have borrowed it from the library if I'd known how poorly the book would stand up to handling.
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