Avro Manhattan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Avro Manhattan (1914–1990)[1] 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.


Born in Milan, Italy on April 6, 1914 to American and Swiss/Dutch parents of Jewish extraction, Manhattan was educated at the Sorbonne and the London School of Economics.

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.

His friends included H G Wells, Pablo Picasso, George Bernard Shaw and scientist Marie Stopes.

Manhattan spent much of his later life after 1979 at the ornately decorated home of his wife's late mother in South Shields, North East England.

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:


  1. ^ "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 |website= (help)

External links[edit]