What is Opus Dei?

Tales of God, blood, money, and faith

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The Da Vinci Code created a worldwide awareness of the catholic tithe cult of Opus Dei. However, very little is actually known about it. This book investigates the founding and growth of Opus Dei from its inception in 1928 to the present day. It also tells the remarkable life-story of the cult’s founder, José Maria Escrivá.

In less than 80 years, the Opus Dei has grown from being a small church, albeit allied with Spanish dictator Franco’s regime, to owning its multi-million dollar headquarters in New York.

The book explores Opus Dei’s WWII exploits when it was pro-Nazi, and the cult’s involvement in South America with Pinochet’s Chilean Junta. The author also explains Opus Dei’s links with the Vatican, its relationship with the CIA, and the reasons behind Ronald Reagan appointing several Opus Dei members to his government.

Spreading the net, Friedlander studies Opus Dei’s influence across the former Eastern Bloc and closes with a look at the present state of the cult and how it is still working behind the scenes in many active governments …


  • Lifts the lid on Opus Dei’s involvement in a host of conspiracies including the Nazis and the CIA.
  • Interest in Opus Dei has mushroomed since the success of The Da Vinci Code.
  • First title in the Conspiracy series.
  • Author is a leading expert on religious affairs.

Author biography

Noam Friedlander has written for The Times on religious affairs, as well as for several other leading publications. The author holds a masters degree in theology and ecclesiastical history from a British university.

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Noam Friedlander
Collins & Brown
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198mm × 129mm
256 pages
80,000 words
Rights sold
Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States