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Avro Manhattan (1914–1990) was a writer, primarily known for his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church. Having covered various political topics throughout his career, Manhattan is perhaps best remembered as the author of several works discussing the Vatican's role in world politics and global affairs.
During World War II, Manhattan was jailed in Italy for refusing to serve in Benito Mussolini's fascist army. Later during the war, he operated a radio station called "Radio Freedom" broadcasting to nations occupied by the Axis Powers.
He is buried in Blackhill cemetery in Consett, England.
Manhattan authored more than 20 books, including The Vatican in World Politics. It has been translated into most major languages, including Chinese, Russian and most recently, Korean. Some of his other popular works include The Vatican Billions, The Vatican's Holocaust, and The Vatican-Moscow-Washington Alliance. Some of his books which are especially critical of the Vatican and of Roman Catholicism.
The following is a list of Avro Manhattan's most notable works, ordered chronologically:
- The Rumbling of the Apocalypse (1934)
- Towards the new Italy (Preface by H.G. Wells) (1943)
- Latin America and the Vatican (1946)
- The Catholic Church Against the Twentieth Century (1947; 2nd edition 1950)
- The Vatican in Asia (1948)
- Religion in Russia (1949)
- Vatican in World Politics (1949)
- Catholic Imperialism and World Freedom (1952; 2nd edition 1959)
- Terror Over Yugoslavia, the Threat to Europe (1953)
- The Dollar and the Vatican (1956)
- Vatican Imperialism in the Twentieth Century (1965)
- The Vatican-Moscow-Washington Alliance (1982)
- The Vatican Billions (1983)
- Catholic Terror in Ireland (1988)
- Vietnam... Why Did We Go? The Shocking Story of the Catholic "Church's" Role in Starting the Vietnam War (1984)
- Murder in the Vatican, American Russian and Papal Plots (1985)
- The Vatican’s Holocaust (1986)
- The Dollar and the Vatican (1988)
- "Baron and friend of Picasso spent years living in modest South Shields terraced house". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/. The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2014. External link in
- The entire text of The Vatican's Holocaust provided on-line by Reformation.org
- The entire text of Vietnam ... why did we go? provided on-line by Reformation.org
- The entire text of The Vatican in World Politics provided on-line by cephas-library.com
- Excerpts from Vatican Imperialism in the 20th Century, provided on-line by Reformation.org
- Biography on Avro Manhattan