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The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History: The Ultimate A-Z Ancient Mysteries, Lost Civilizations and Forgotten Wisdom
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The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History: The Ultimate A-Z Ancient Mysteries, Lost Civilizations and Forgotten Wisdom

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by John Michael Greer
 

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Behind the ordinary history of the world lies a second, hidden story — of secret societies, lost civilizations, sinister conspiracies, and mysterious events. Alternative visions of history have been around for nearly fifty years and popular culture has rapidly fed into this growing obsession, from The X-Files to the phenomenon of Dan Brown's novel, The

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Behind the ordinary history of the world lies a second, hidden story — of secret societies, lost civilizations, sinister conspiracies, and mysterious events. Alternative visions of history have been around for nearly fifty years and popular culture has rapidly fed into this growing obsession, from The X-Files to the phenomenon of Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. But how secret are these secret societies and what traces do the murky events of hidden history leave behind?

The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History holds all the information you've been looking for to guide you through the shadows of this mysterious world. Here you'll find the facts, arguments, important figures, and theories surrounding key questions being asked by many today: Do secret societies actually control the world, and if so, what do they plan to do with it? What were the real origins of Christianity, the Freemasons, or the French Revolution? What is the significance of King Arthur, Leonardo da Vinci, and Adolf Hitler to the world's secret societies? Like the quest for the Holy Grail of legend, the truth behind the shadowy side of history is easier to seek than to find. John Michael Greer is a unique guide: using a wealth of research, he also draws upon personal knowledge of secret societies and the occult underground world to guide you through the fascinating labyrinth of conspiracy theories, unsolved historical mysteries, lost arcane sciences, and secret organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760786499
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 2.20(d)

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Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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the book was not what I was expecting. It had more info than I would have thought.
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BeachReaderMom23 More than 1 year ago
My teenage son absolutely LOVED this book, and the entire series for that matter! Its too bad they are so dificlt to find. They are well written, very informative, and easy to follow setup. definately recomment!The creatures book is his favorite!!
Mythicdreamer More than 1 year ago
While the name is intriguing, just keep in mind this is an encyclopedia. This book is more about fact rather than fiction. While it is very well researched, it is a little disappointing that it does not contain references to current topics of secret societies or more information on popular myths, such as the Illuminati. Overall though, it's a great book to reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It wasn't written from the stand-point of a conspiracy theorist. Instead, it stuck to the facts. When something was speculative for any reason, it tells you that it is. Since it is in an encyclopedia form, it is easy to look up little detailed items. It is also very thorough. I bought this item because I wanted to create a secret society for a work of fiction. This was a great help, because I now have a better understanding of a number of key elements in secret societies (from alters and symbolism to the hiarchy of the societies themselves). Also, I can easily find any one element I want to return to refresh my memory.
Sparrow20 More than 1 year ago
This book really gets into the core and specific details of each society. A must for historians and students of the paranormal and history. Many questions get answer by this reference book. An A plus for this book.
AuroraEH More than 1 year ago
Extrodinarily well written by an Arch Druid. Worth the investment. Manager Brian recommended The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signgs and Symbols, which was a good match.

These are republished from orginal larger Hard Back Versions that I had though lost before completed set.

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