Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries, and the Founding of America

Secret Temple: Masons, Mysteries, and the Founding of America

by Peter Levenda
     
 

Freemasonry is a large subject,and Levenda's study provides ahistory of the Society, highlighting important events, and including some ofits more controversial and newsworthy aspects (such as the Propaganda Due lodge in Italy that was involved in the Roberto Calvi/Vatican banking scandal, and the involvement of Joseph Smith, Jr in Freemasonry).This is the perfect

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Freemasonry is a large subject,and Levenda's study provides ahistory of the Society, highlighting important events, and including some ofits more controversial and newsworthy aspects (such as the Propaganda Due lodge in Italy that was involved in the Roberto Calvi/Vatican banking scandal, and the involvement of Joseph Smith, Jr in Freemasonry).This is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to delve a little deeper into the mysteries of, and answers behind, Freemasonry.

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Publishers Weekly
With all the mystery surrounding the Freemasons, along with the recent vogue in secret societies (see The Da Vinci Code and its many followers), it's hard to see how historian Levenda (Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult) managed such a dry treatment. Though it's perfectly acceptable, even laudable, that Levenda seeks to dispel the mythic, romanticized construct of the Freemasons in favor of provable facts, he drains the magic from their history without answering any of his questions-most notably, "Is it possible to understand Masonry without being a Mason?"-in a meaningful way. Without a narrative line, Levenda skips from tangent to tangent, producing what is more or less a catalogue of his unsynthesized research. Whole sections pass without any conclusions being reached, and while Levenda certainly isn't responsible for all the answers, readers will expect more than a complex set of historical data jazzed with occasional factoids and appearances from other secret societies like the Illuminati and Yale's Skull and Bones. Readers interested in the secrets of Freemasonry will be surely disappointed, and history buffs will grow quickly frustrated with Levenda's poor organization and sleepy prose.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826430007
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
934,631
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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