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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 June 12, 2011

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    Under rated

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    Unlike anything I've ever read

    In writing brief histories of the world as thought each were the truth as seen through the eyes of various secret societies past and present Booth's book is fascinating. Modern mythology you were never aware of if you will. He manages to find the intangible webs that seem to link many of them together and in doing so... just read the book. Great illustrations too...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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