Secret Societies: Inside the World's Most Notorious Organizationsby John Lawrence Reynolds
They generate fear, suspicion, and-above all-fascination. Secret societies live among us, yet they remain a mystery. Their secrecy can suggest sacrilege or crime, and their loyalties are
A comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the world's most notorious secret societies, including their origins and histories, initiations and rituals, secret signs and members.
They generate fear, suspicion, and-above all-fascination. Secret societies live among us, yet they remain a mystery. Their secrecy can suggest sacrilege or crime, and their loyalties are often accused of undermining governments and tipping the scales of justice. The Freemasons, for example, hold more seats of power in the U.S. government than any other organization. No fewer than sixteen presidents have declared their Masonic affiliation, and there may have been more. Secret societies have infiltrated pop culture, too. Celebrity members of Kabbalah include Madonna, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. From the Mafia and the Yakuza to the Priory of Sion and Skull & Bones, Reynolds offers an illuminating and entertaining exploration of the stories-confirmed and fabricated-that surround these societies. Dispelling myths and providing gripping revelations-such as a direct historical link between the Assassins of the Middle Ages and today's Al Qaeda-Secret Societies gives us a smart, surprising look at the best known and often least understood covert organizations.
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John Lawrence Reynolds has written sixteen books of fiction and nonfiction and has won awards in both categories. He lives with his wife, Judy, in a small North American town, the location of which is secret.
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Reynolds exposes the fabricated connections and inner workings. In one case even a group that probably never existed.