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" . . . this book deserves a place on the shelves of both new age libraries and collections serious about poliltics and American history."
"His investigation makes for a ripping yarn that gives a context to modern-day piracy."
"Steven Sora is an amazing researcher and a thought-provoking writer."
“A provocative book detailing who among our Founding Fathers participated in such clandestine activities as piracy, drug running, smuggling, slave trading, and multinationalism, and those in our nation’s highest office who have also practiced and benefited from these same illegal activities right up to the 21st century. . . . An intriguing view of some of the planet’s puppeteers.”
". . . a simply fascinating, authoritative, strongly recommended study of a metaphysical aspect of human history not shown in most textbooks."
Secret Societies of America's Elite
From the Knights Templar to Skull and Bones
Introduction: Born in Blood
Piracy: A Merry and a Short Life
Chapter 1 The New World Order
Chapter 2 Brothers to Pirates and Corsairs
Chapter 3 Under a Black Flag
Chapter 4 Skeletons in the Closet
The Lodge and the Revolution
Chapter 5 Smugglers, Patriots, and Masons
Chapter 6 Franklin and the Masonic Underground
Chapter 7 The Merchants of War
Chapter 8 The Bribe That Won the War
Chapter 9 One Nation Under the Great Architect
From the Sacred to the Profane
Chapter 10 The Slave Traders
Chapter 11 Red Cross and Black Cargo
Chapter 12 Master Masons and Their Slaves
Chapter 13 The Masonic Betrayal
Chapter 14 The Opium Brotherhood
Chapter 15 Opium: From the Lodge to the Den
Chapter 16 Wealth: The Legacy of the Opium Trade
Chapter 17 The Power of the New Skull and Bones
Posted March 28, 2003
I was very excited to get my copy of this, as I really enjoyed his last book, Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar. This one begins on a similar note, detailing the start and rise of the Knights Templar, their financial empire as the backbone of banking, shipping and to their eventual downfall. From the KNights Templar's ashes, it then begins the actual topic of the book itself, the genesis of the Freemasons and the rise of their power as secret societies of the elite and powerful, the world over, unite. Since I am not a student of history, parts of the book were a little dry for my taste, however, it does provide an insight to the start of the slave trade, and how many of our largest corporations and families of today are founded on money gleaned from the slave trade, as well as the opium trade with China. The book's high points, to me, were the beginning of the American Revolution and how secret societies played huge roles in the foundations of our country, from the ideals of our founding fathers, to helping liberate it, and right up to some of our most treasured symbols being built and dedicated in outright Masonic rituals! The book's closing chapter brings it together and shows how these societies are still forming plans for our country and for the betterment of the societies' privledged ranking members. I believe the most impressive thing about this book is how, when I was finally done reading it, I picked up a news paper the next day. Reading articles about our current events I was taken aback when I realized I recognized many of the names mentioned, names I never really noticed before, but now knew from reading this book. This is a fascinating book both for historians and conspiracy theorists alike.
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Posted February 22, 2010
Read it. Sora is obviously some kind of nut on this topic, but lots of fascinating detail about the origins of the United States and how the revolution was more about commerce than liberty, since it was mostly the liberty to make money in the face of British monopoly that was at stake.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 2, 2007
Insightful look at the commercial aspect of the Knights Templar, which evolved into an international banking syndicate. Templar pirate ships were essentially seafaring Masonic lodges -- and democracy on the high seas. Ultimately, admiralty came ashore (roadways are rivers of tar).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2008
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