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'“Kertzer once again proves himself a truly compelling historian.” —André Aciman “Prisoner of the Vatican reads like exciting fiction. And it has astounding contemporary relevance.” —Alfred Uhry “Kertzer’s careful scholarship and lucid writing make the human character of this religious institution quite clear.” —James Carroll “Fascinating.” —Entertainment Weekly “Lively . . . filled with telling anecdotes and colorful descriptions of the various characters involved in the struggle.” —America, the National Catholic Weekly “Riveting and fast-paced . . . history writing at its best.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “A chilling and timely warning of what happens when religious power becomes synonymous with political power. If you love Italy, if you love Rome, this book is essential reading.” —John Guare “As magically spellbinding as it is enlightening, replete with colorful characters and complex international and ecclesiastical politics and intrigue. Kertzer is a national treasure and his latest book another masterpiece.” —Kevin Madigan, Associate Professor, Harvard Divinity School “This book is a gift to everyone who welcomes the emergence of buried history, and a boon to anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of the wonderful, tenuously unified place called modern Italy.” —Tracy Kidder'