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The Secret History of the World

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about, they haven't a clue as to this books true implications...to claim that he jumps from topic to topic is very elementary seeing as how he is obviously attempting to UNiTE these "different" cultures with very inter...
I don't know what these other reviewers are talking about, they haven't a clue as to this books true implications...to claim that he jumps from topic to topic is very elementary seeing as how he is obviously attempting to UNiTE these "different" cultures with very interesting lines of esoteric thought. If you don't think he did the best job, pick up hancocks Fingerprints of the Gods, the author of that book btw heavily enjoyed this one.

posted by guitaoist3 on June 12, 2011

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Very secret indeed....

Booth's books starts off with raving reviews from many sources. I was also very impressed by the fact that he has spent over 20 years in publishing. Then I read the first chapter, and the second... and began to wonder. Apart from the fact that Booth obviously struggles ...
Booth's books starts off with raving reviews from many sources. I was also very impressed by the fact that he has spent over 20 years in publishing. Then I read the first chapter, and the second... and began to wonder. Apart from the fact that Booth obviously struggles to maintain a coherent and straight train of thought to lead the reader through the maze of "ever so secret" issues, he has obviously a conceptual problem in that he bombards the reader with a mixture of theologian extrapolation and mystic (or esoteric?) fables that leaves the reader both exhausted and utterly bemused.

Booth has undoubtedly conducted extensive research, and spent many hours sweating away at the laptop - but to what effect? There is much unscientific conjecture, theological speculation, and delving into the "mysterious" and "secret" fountains of "knowledge", producing at the end a narrative that is difficult to follow, let alone to understand, and often leaves the reader wondering why Booth sympathizes (apparently?) with unsubstantiated myths and legends, and (apparently?) belittles scientific research, which is considerably more persuasive and satisfying.

Booth's explanation of evolution (based on "secret" insights) is amazing because it basically flies in the face of anything that science has determined over decades if not centuries. Booth is obviously totally unfamiliar with Richard Dawkins, and prefers to persuade the reader that Saturn or Jupiter has more to do with man's evolution than anything else.

Overall, worth reading? Probably, but make sure that you have a comfortable seat and a glass of wine handy, because you're in for a rough ride. Would I recommend it? Only with great reservations. Where will I keep it? I have a spot in library where I keep "mystical" stuff, and if there is no room left on the shelf, perhaps under the wobbly table leg?

I seriously doubt (but may be wrong) that any of the "raving reviewers" has actually read the book. If they have, I shall immediately cancel my subscriptions of "The Times", "The Daily Mail" and "The Mail on Sunday".

posted by JurgenSchulze on April 21, 2010

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    False Advertising

    The beginning of the book was filled with numerous quotes about its originality and fresh point of view. I skimmed through the artwork and was excited to read about the new interpretations the author would propose. The author's biography stated that he had completed a great deal of research on the subject and I expected references to back up his theories. The book turned out to be a disappointment. The author switches from topic to topic without any discernible transitions. It is rare that he provides information to back up any of his claims. I began by agreeing with Booth that many modern readers are too narrow-minded regarding religion but I wasn't ready to take the leap of faith he requires of his readers. Despite its fantastical nature, the book wasn't particularly interesting and it was difficult to continue reading after the first few chapters. I would not have purchased this book if the contents had been accurately represented and I would not recommend it.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Fun, but Hardly Believable

    As with many works in this genre, The Secret History of the World as Laid Down by the Secret Societies is indeed entertaining. However, one should not take this book too seriously. It suffers from what almost every other book on secret societies suffers from - a lack of documentable sources/evidence. In other words - if I had to take this book into a court of law and defend it, I would ultimately and utterly fail in my task. The amount of hearsay evidence in this book, i.e. "I spoke with an initiate" or "A relative of a friend of mine who is associated with..." borders on the absurd in its frequent usage. If the author is not using hearsay at many points, he is using evidence that is purely circumstantial at best.. <BR/><BR/>Speculation can be fun and even mind-blowing.to a certain degree. I will give Mark Booth credit; he communicates information that makes you think. However, should a serious reader take the thesis and supporting information that the author gives in this book at face value? No. Rather, it should be taken with a grain... or 50...of salt.

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