Aptly described as a 'bombshell of a book', this reveals the facts behind one of the great scandals of modern times – the enormous temporal wealth of the Roman Catholic Church , a most controversial topic.  Manhattans' research into the origins and progressive accumulation of the Vatican's investments discloses how this fortune was built up over centuries and the underlying reasons why it became the policy of successive Popes as well as other Church organisations to pursue the treasurers of the world.