Decoding Reality [Audiobook]

Decoding Reality [Audiobook]

"Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information" [Audiobook] by Vlatko Vedral
Audible | 2010 | ASIN: B003FOOGGC | MP3@96 kbps | 9 hrs 12 mins | 380.63 MB

For a physicist, all the world is information. The universe and its workings are the ebb and flow of information. We are all transient patterns of information, passing on the recipe for our basic forms to future generations using a four-letter digital code called DNA.

In this engaging and mind-stretching account, Vlatko Vedral considers some of the deepest questions about the universe and considers the implications of interpreting it in terms of information. He explains the nature of information, the idea of entropy, and the roots of this thinking in thermodynamics.

He also describes the bizarre effects of quantum behaviour - effects such as "entanglement", which Einstein called "spooky action at a distance", and explores cutting-edge work on harnessing quantum effects in hyperfast quantum computers, and how recent evidence suggests that the weirdness of the quantum world, once thought limited to the tiniest scales, may reach into the macro world.

Vedral finishes by considering the answer to the ultimate question: where did all of the information in the universe come from? The answers he considers are exhilarating, drawing upon the work of distinguished physicist John Wheeler. The ideas challenge our concept of the nature of particles, of time, of determinism, and of reality itself.

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The Enemy at the Gate [Audiobook]

The Enemy at the Gate [Audiobook]
The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe [Audiobook] by Andrew Wheatcroft
Audible | 2009 | ASIN: B002R85JEK | MP3@256 kbps | 11 hrs 23 mins | 1.23 GB

In 1683, an Ottoman army that stretched from horizon to horizon set out to seize the "Golden Apple", as Turks referred to Vienna. The ensuing siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding 17th-century grenades against Habsburg armies, widely feared for their savagery. The walls of Vienna bristled with guns as the besieging Ottoman host launched bombs, fired cannons, and showered the populace with arrows during the battle for Christianity's bulwark. Each side was sustained by the hatred of its age-old enemy, certain that victory would be won by the grace of God.

The Great Siege of Vienna is the centerpiece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft's richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long rivalry between the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for control of the European continent. A gripping work by a master historian, The Enemy at the Gate offers a timely examination of an epic clash of civilizations.


God Save the Queen [Audiobook]

God Save the Queen [Audiobook]

"God Save the Queen" [Audiobook] by Kate Locke
Hachette Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B008GZWBVM | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 36 mins | 324.2 MB

Queen Victoria rules with an immortal fist.

Welcome to the realm of the undead matriarch of a Britain where the aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark; a world where being nobility means being infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy; and a world where technology lives side by side with magic.

The year is 2012 and Pax Britannia still reigns. Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key - the prize in a very dangerous struggle.

Kate Locke

Kate Locke has always enjoyed making things up — a trait that often got her into trouble as a child, but by which she enjoys making a living. Before writing fiction full time she worked as cook, a journalist and in a photo finishing lab where she saw enough pictures of naked people to rival Hugh Hefner. A guy once asked her out after giving her a role of film that he expressly requested she develop and print. The entire role was images of him stark naked in the woods. And no, that’s the kind of thing you just don’t make up.

In her late 20s Kate sold her first book and enjoyed a 10 year career writing under a different name. Her love of fantasy and the paranormal refused to leave her alone, and one day, while sitting on the couch thinking of making a very scary career move, she started jotting down notes for a book she wanted to write just for the pure enjoyment of it; a book just for herself. That book became God Save the Queen. Her agent thought they could sell it — Kate wasn’t certain. Then, the day after having her gall bladder removed (again, can’t make this stuff up), Kate got the call that Orbit books — her dream publisher for God Save the Queen — had made an offer. And it’s been more exciting than she ever imagined.

Like Xandra Vardan, the heroine in God Save the Queen, Kate values those she loves above all else, and has hair a color not typically found in nature. Unfortunately, Kate’s comes from a bottle. She’s married to a fabulous man who doesn’t seem to care what she does to her hair, puts up with her occasional* craziness, helps her plot, and treats her like she’s the best thing since lipgloss.

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Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey

Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey

"Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey: The Warmth and Ease of Indian Cooking" by Meeru Dhalwala, Vikram Vij
Douglas & McIntyre | 2011 | ISBN: 1553655729 | 232 pages | EPUB | 21.96 MB

The team behind the world famous Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants in Vancouver have an approachable follow-up to their award-winning, bestselling cookbook Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine. The easily adaptable, versatile recipes in Vij's at Home are tailored for busy households like theirs. Meeru and Vikram share how to prepare flavorful vegetarian dishes that go from stove to plate in less than 45 minutes as well as easy Indian seafood, poultry and meat dishes that come together in 20 minutes then simmer while the home chef sits down with a glass of wine, or helps the kids with their homework. Interspersed throughout, the endearing couple share aspects of the home life of busy restaurateurs, who still manage to cook with their daughters, eat at the dining room table and throw parties for friends.

Pull up a chair—Meeru and Vikram invite you to dinner.

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The Book of Jewish Food

The Book of Jewish Food

"The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York" by Claudia Roden
Penguin | 1999 | ISBN: 0141928514 | 584 pages | EPUB | 5.9 MB

A monumental work -- the story of the Jewish people told through the story of Jewish cooking -- The Book of Jewish Food traces the development of both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish communities and their cuisine over the centuries. The 800 magnificent recipes, many never before documented, represent treasures garnered bu Roden through nearly 15 years of traveling around the world. 50 photos & illustrations.

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History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey [Volume 1]

History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey [Volume 1]

"History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey: Empire of the Gazis; The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire 1280-1808 [Volume 1]" by Stanford J Shaw
Cambridge University Press | 1976 | ISBN: 0521291631 | 368 pages | PDF | 16.63 MB

Empire of the Gazis: The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1280-1808 is the first book of the two-volume History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. It describes how the Ottoman Turks, a small band of nomadic soldiers, managed to expand their dominions from a small principality in northwestern Anatolia on the borders of the Byzantine Empire into one of the great empires of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe and Asia, extending from northern Hungary to southern Arabia and from the Crimea across North Africa almost to the Atlantic Ocean. The volume sweeps away the accumulated prejudices of centuries and describes the empire of the sultans as a living, changing society, dominated by the small multinational Ottoman ruling class led by the sultan, but with a scope of government so narrow that the subjects, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, were left to carry on their own lives, religions, and traditions with little outside interference.

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History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey [Volume 2]

History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey [Volume 2]

"History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey: Reform, Revolution, and Republic; The Rise of Modern Turkey 1808-1975 [Volume 2]" by Stanford J Shaw, Ezel Kural Shaw
Cambridge University Press | 1977 | ISBN: 0521291666 | 548 pages | PDF | 24.76 MB

Reform, Revolution and Republic: The Rise of Modern Turkey, 1808-1975 is the second book of the two-volume History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. It discusses the modernization of the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the spread of nationalism among its subject peoples, and the revolutionary changes in Ottoman institutions and society that led to the Empire's demise and the rise of the democratic Republic of Turkey. Based on extensive research in the Ottoman archives as well as Western sources, this volume analyzes the external pressures, reform measures, institutional changes, and intellectual movements that affected the heterogeneous Ottoman society during the Empire's last century. It concludes with an analysis of contemporary Turkey's constitutional and political structures and principal domestic and foreign problems.

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Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science

Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science

"Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them" by Clifford Pickover
OUP | 2008 | ISBN: 0195336119 | 528 pages | MOBI | 2.07 MB

Archimedes to Hawking takes the reader on a journey across the centuries as it explores the eponymous physical laws--from Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy and Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and Hubble's Law of Cosmic Expansion--whose ramifications have profoundly altered our everyday lives and our understanding of the universe.

Throughout this fascinating book, Clifford Pickover invites us to share in the amazing adventures of brilliant, quirky, and passionate people after whom these laws are named. These lawgivers turn out to be a fascinating, diverse, and sometimes eccentric group of people. Many were extremely versatile polymaths--human dynamos with a seemingly infinite supply of curiosity and energy and who worked in many different areas in science. Others had non-conventional educations and displayed their unusual talents from an early age. Some experienced resistance to their ideas, causing significant personal anguish. Pickover examines more than 40 great laws, providing brief and cogent introductions to the science behind the laws as well as engaging biographies of such scientists as Newton, Faraday, Ohm, Curie, and Planck. Throughout, he includes fascinating, little-known tidbits relating to the law or lawgiver, and he provides cross-references to other laws or equations mentioned in the book. For several entries, he includes simple numerical examples and solved problems so that readers can have a hands-on understanding of the application of the law.

A sweeping survey of scientific discovery as well as an intriguing portrait gallery of some of the greatest minds in history, this superb volume will engage everyone interested in science and the physical world or in the dazzling creativity of these brilliant thinkers.

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Calories & Corsets: A history of dieting over 2,000 years

Calories & Corsets: A history of dieting over 2,000 years

"Calories & Corsets: A history of dieting over 2,000 years" by Louise Foxcroft
Profile Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1846684250 | 320 pages | EPUB | 3.87 MB

This is an enlightening and entertaining social history of how we have tried (and failed) to battle the bulge over two millennia. Today we are urged from all sides to slim down and shape up, to shed a few pounds or lose life-threatening stones. The media's relentless obsession with size may be perceived as a twenty-first-century phenomenon, but as award-winning historian Louise Foxcroft shows, we have been struggling with what to eat, when and how much, ever since the Greeks and the Romans first pinched an inch. Meticulously researched, surprising and sometimes shocking, "Calories and Corsets" tells the epic story of our complicated relationship with food, the fashions and fads of body shape, and how cultural beliefs and social norms have changed over time. Combining research from medical journals, letters, articles and the dieting bestsellers we continue to devour (including one by an octogenarian Italian in the sixteenth century), Foxcroft reveals the extreme and often absurd lengths people will go to in order to achieve the perfect body, from eating carbolic soap to deliberately swallowing tapeworm. This unique and witty history exposes the myths and anxieties that drive today's multi-billion pound dieting industry - and offers a welcome perspective on how we can be healthy and happy in our bodies.

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Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814

Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814

"Flames Across the Border: 1813-1814" by Pierre Berton
Anchor | 2001 | ISBN: 0385658389 | 496 pages | EPUB | 5.04 MB

The Canada–U.S. border was in flames as the War of 1812 continued. York's parliament buildings were on fire, Niagara-on-the-Lake burned to the ground and Buffalo lay in ashes. Even the American capital of Washington, far to the south, was put to the torch. The War of 1812 had become one of the nineteenth century's bloodiest struggles.

Flames Across the Border is a compelling evocation of war at its most primeval level — the muddy fields, the frozen forests and the ominous waters where men fought and died. Pierre Berton skilfully captures the courage, determination and terror of the universal soldier, giving new dimension and fresh perspective to this early conflict between the two emerging nations of North America.

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Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism

Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism

"Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction" by Barry C Lynn John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 0470928565 | 336 pages | PDF | 1.52 MB

Barry C. Lynn, one of the most original and surprising students of the American economy, paints a genuinely alarming picture: most of our public debates about globalization, competitiveness, creative destruction, and risky finance are nothing more than a cover for the widespread consolidation of power in nearly every imaginable sector of the American economy.

Cornered strips the camouflage from the secret world of twenty-first-century monopolies-neofeudalist empires whose sheer size, vast resources, and immense political power enable the people who control to direct virtually every major industry in America in an increasingly authoritarian manner. Lynn reveals how these massive juggernauts, which would have been illegal just thirty years ago, came into being, how they have destroyed or devoured their competition, and how they collude with one another to maintain their power and create the illusion of open, competitive markets.

A confluence of small government zealotry and misguided efficient market theories has lead to a complete dismantling of government oversight of industry. Has that brought us the promised economic utopia? Just the opposite. For decades, the dominant elite has used the federal government to all but encourage companies to buy one another up, outsource all their production, and make their profits by leveraging their complete power over the market itself. Lynn makes clear it will take more than a lawsuit or two to overthrow America's corporatist oligarchy and restore a model of capitalism that protects our rights as property holders and citizens, and the independence of our Republic.

• Details how regular citizens can join together to beat the great powers, and how to do so by relearning the real history and language of our democratic republic.

• Includes stories of real people and real industries that show how monopolies threaten independent businesses, squelch innovation, degrade the quality and safety of products, destabilize vital industrial and financial systems, and destroy the fabric of democracy

• Explores monopoly power across a wide array of industries, including appliances, auto parts, beer, eyeglasses, medical supplies, pet food, surfboards, vitamins, and more.

• Demonstrates how the drive for "always lower prices" makes your job disappear, puts your small business out of business, and turns dreams of entrepreneurial success into impossible fantasies

Lynn is that rarest of creatures, a journalist whose theoretical writings are taken very seriously by the top policymakers and economic thinkers in Washington and around the world. His work has been compared already to John Kenneth Galbraith and Peter Drucker. The Washington Post called Lynn's last book-on globalization-"Tom Friedman for grownups." Cornered is essential reading for anyone who cares about America and its future.

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Irresistible North

Irresistible North

"Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers" by Andrea Di Robilant
Knopf | 2011 | ISBN: 030726985X | 240 pages | EPUB | 7.19 MB

From the author of A Venetian Affair and Lucia comes a charming odyssey in the path of the mysterious Zen brothers, who explored parts of the New World a century before Columbus, and became both a source of scandal and a cause célèbre among geographers in the following centuries.

This delightful journey begins with Andrea di Robilant’s serendipitous discovery of a travel narrative published in Venice in 1558 by the Renaissance statesman Nicolò Zen: the text and its fascinating nautical map re-created the travels of two of the author’s ancestors, brothers who explored the North Atlantic in the 1380s and 1390s. Di Robilant set out to discover why later, in the nineteenth century, the Zens’ account came under attack as one of the greatest frauds in geographical history. Was their map—and even their journey—partially or perhaps entirely faked?

In Irresistible North the author follows the Zens’ route from the Faeroes to Shetland to Iceland and Greenland, greeted by characters who help unravel the enigmas in the Zens’ account. The medieval world comes to life as di Robilant guides us through a landscape enlivened by the ghosts of power-hungry earls and bishops of the old Norwegian realm and magical tales of hot springs and smoking mountains. In this rich telling—an original work of history and a travel book in one—the magnetism of the north draws us in as powerfully as it drew the Zen brothers more than six centuries ago.

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Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944

Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944

"Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944" by Mark Zuehlke
Douglas & McIntyre | 2005 | ISBN: 1553650913 | 352 pages | EPUB | 4.22 MB

On June 6, 1944, the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among them were 14,500 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a dangerously exposed beach. Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory — June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the critical Allied battle of World War II.

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Dunster [Audiobook]

Dunster [Audiobook]

"Dunster" [Audiobook] by John Mortimer
AudioGO | 2010 | ISBN: 0792775309 | MP3@128 kbps | 8 hrs 43 mins | 467.52 MB

In an impressive performance, Mortimer ( Paradise Postponed ) presents a drama of ideas that is also an acute psychological study of different kinds of friendship. Philip Progmire, an Oxford-educated accountant with thespian dreams, has engaged in lifelong skirmishes with journalist Dick Dunster, one of those men whose stock-in-trade is scorn and who disbelieve everything on principle. When Dunster digs up what he believes is the dirt on Philip's employer and friend--a hideous legacy of WW II--Progmire is forced to make some terrible choices among truths, loyalties and responsibilities. Mortimer's writing is as smoothly readable as ever, and some of his scenes are uproarious, but his sense of character is much sharper, and less cartoonish, than usual: Sir Crispin Bellhanger is a convincingly drawn paragon of virtue, Dunster himself a thoroughly lifelike mixture of warped idealism and cruelty, Crispin's wartime companions superb studies in muddled slyness. There is a trial scene that is gripping but, oddly, not the center of the novel, and a thought-provoking, touching but not entirely unexpected ending.

John Mortimer

John Clifford Mortimer is a novelist, playwright and former practising barrister. Among his many publications are several volumes of Rumpole stories and a trilogy of political novels, Paradise Postponed, Titmuss Regained and The Sound of Trumpets, featuring Leslie Titmuss - a character as brilliant as Rumpole.

John Mortimer received a knighthood for his services to the arts in 1998.

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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow [Audiobook]

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow [Audiobook]

"Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow" [Audiobook] by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Listening Library | 2006 | ISBN: 0739336622 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 29 mins | 122.81 MB

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany, thanks largely to the efforts of the Hitler Youth, whose organized propaganda marches throughout Germany helped the Nazi Party grow in strength. By 1939, it is estimated that more than seven million boys and girls belonged to the Hitler Youth.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow is the riveting and often chilling tale of a generation of young people who devoted their energy and passion to the Hitler Youth organization and left an indelible mark on world history. Award-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti infuses the work with the voices of both former Hitler Youth members and young people who resisted the powerful Nazi movement. These voices stand alongside those of Jewish youths and others who were senselessly and brutally targeted by the Third Reich. What emerges is the story of average children and teenagers faced with extraordinary and unenviable choices. The paths taken by the Hitler Youth and their struggle to come to terms with their actions at the end of World War II are sure to spark debate among young readers.

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The Greatest Battle [Audiobook]

The Greatest Battle [Audiobook]

"The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II" [Audiobook] by Andrew Nagorski
Tantor | 2007 | ISBN: 140015507X | MP3@160 kbps | 13 hrs 42 mins | 941.45 MB

Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war.

Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded. Stalin and Hitler squandered the lives of their own soldiers by second-guessing their generals. And, while Stalin's army was barely armed, Hitler's soldiers had no winter clothing in the Russian winter.

Historically, this was the first time the German blitzkrieg was halted in Europe, shattering Hitler's dream of a swift victory over the Soviet Union. And, although America was not yet in the war, President Roosevelt realized the importance of supporting the Russian war effort. This was the beginning of the Allied wartime alliance and Stalin's push for a postwar empire, which ended in the cold war.

Because Stalin suppressed records of his near-fatal mistakes in this battle, its story has never been fully told. Now, Nagorski has studied recently declassified documents from Soviet archives and includes interviews with many survivors, including the son of the man in charge of removing Lenin's body from the besieged city, to provide the fullest view yet of this key battle.

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A Special Mission [Audiobook]

A Special Mission [Audiobook]

"A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII" [Audiobook] by Dan Kurzman
AudioGO | 2007 | ISBN: 0792748565 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 08 mins | 250.78 MB

In September 1943, Adolf Hitler, furious at the ouster of Mussolini, sent German troops into Rome and ordered SS General Karl Wolff, who had been Heinrich Himmler's chief aide, to occupy the Vatican and kidnap (and, perhaps, kill) Pope Pius XII. At the same time, plans were being made to deport Rome's Jews to Auschwitz. Wolff began playing a dangerous game: stalling Hitler's plot against the pope, whom he hoped would save him from the noose in case Germany lost the war. To save Pius, Wolff and fellow conspirators blackmailed him into silence when the Jews were rounded up, hoping that Hitler would rescind his order.

Dan Kurzman, a former correspondent for The Washington Post, is the author of fifteen previous books and the winner of five major literary and journalistic awards. His books include Fatal Voyage: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis; Left to Die; The Tragedy of the USS Juneau; Genesis 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War. He lives in North Bergen, New Jersey.

George K. Wilson (narrator) is a working actor in stage, film television and commercials with almost a hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, West. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television's One Life To Live, Ryan's Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voiceovers for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show as well as many TV and radio commercials. He has also written and performed topical satire for National Public Radio.

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Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII [Audiobook]

Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII [Audiobook]

"Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII" [Audiobook] by John Cornwell
Books on Tape | 1999 | ISBN: 0736647708 | MP3@56 kbps | ~ 15 hrs | 378.35 MB

HITLER’S POPE is the previously untold story of the man who was arguably the most dangerous churchman in history: Eugenio Pacelli. Pious XII, pontiff from 1939 to 1958 and long controversial as the Pope who failed to speak out against Hitler’s Final Solution. Here is the full story of how Pacelli in fact prompted events in the 1920s and 30s that helped sweep the Nazis to unhindered power.

In the first decade of the twentieth century Pacelli was a brilliant Vatican lawyer who helped shape a new ideology of unprecedented papal power. As papal nuncio in Munich in the 1920s , he used cunning and moral blackmail to impose Rome’s power on Germany. In 1933, he negotiated a treaty with Hitler, the Reich Concordat, which ensured that the Nazis would rise unopposed by the most powerful Catholic community in the world–sealing, by Hitler’s own admission–the fate of the Jews in Europe. Until now, historians have only focused on one episode and one issue regarding Pius XII: his silence during the Holocaust. But John Cornwall documents how Pius’s wartime reticence was consistent with a career dedicated to enhancing papal power and that he had a personal antipathy toward the Jews–for which Cornwall offers striking new evidence.

Drawing on research from secret Vatican and Jesuit archives made available only to the author, this is a firm and final indictment of Pius XII’s papacy and its consequences for the Catholic Church today.

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