Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries behind the Da Vinci Code

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How to satisfy the endless hunger for information among the millions of readers caught up in The Da Vinci Code mania? Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code is the most comprehensive, literate guide available for interpreting the intellectual intricacies of Dan Brown's bestselling novel.

This unprecedented volume provides a wealth of fresh insight from the world's most respected authorities on the novel's controversial historical, ...

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Overview

How to satisfy the endless hunger for information among the millions of readers caught up in The Da Vinci Code mania? Secrets of the Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Mysteries Behind The Da Vinci Code is the most comprehensive, literate guide available for interpreting the intellectual intricacies of Dan Brown's bestselling novel.

This unprecedented volume provides a wealth of fresh insight from the world's most respected authorities on the novel's controversial historical, religious, artistic, and scientific themes. Interviews and commentary from renowned scientists, theologians, archeologists, philosophers, historians, and art historians address such provocative topics as:

* What was the true identity of Mary Magdalene? Was Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus and did she write her own gospel?

* Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? Did they have a child together?

* In the late 1960s, the Church publicly reversed its 1,400-year-old position that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, but this revised history was never effectively communicated to the public. Has there been a "cover-up" of the role of women in church history?

* Did some geniuses of art and science--like Leonardo DaVinci and Isaac Newton--belong to secret societies that had the most compelling "insider information" in history? Did Leonardo convey some of the ideas in The Last Supper and other paintings?

Packed with excerpts from many original works, all-new material, and interviews with prominent scholars, Secrets of the Code will satisfy readers'curiosity, engage their imagination, and provide them with insights to better understand the multi-facted mysteries, secret codes, and messages embedded in the novel. As Dan Burstein explains, "My goal in writing Secrets was to explore all the major mysteries of history--from religious history to art history--suggested by the plot of The Da Vinci Code. I assume there are a lot of other readers out there like myself who want to know what is fact and what is fiction in The Da Vinci Code. Secrets will give everyone the tools to be able to develop their own ideas in response to many of the provocative questions the novel touches on."

Meticulously researched and compulsively readable, this volume is an excellent choice for book clubs and discussion groups.

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
Diane Apostolos-Cappadona * Michael Baigent * Esther de Boer * David Downie * Betsy Eble Bart Ehrman * Timothy Freke * Peter Gandy * Deirdre Good * Susan Haskins * Katherine L. Jansen * Karen King * Richard Leigh * Henry Lincoln * James Martin, S.J. * Richard McBrien * Laura Miller * Sherwin B. Nuland * Elaine Pagels * Lynn Picknett * Clive Prince * James Robinson * Simon Singh * Margaret Starbird * David van Biema * Kenneth Woodward

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Burstein is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of six books on global economics and technology, including Yen! Euroquake, Road Warriors, and Big Dragon. The founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative new technology companies, he has often written about the mysteries and complexities of the future. Secrets of the Code is his first book that explores mysteries and complexities of the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593152734
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Burstein
Dan Burstein

Dan Burstein is the world's leading expert on the fiction of Dan Brown. Burstein is also the founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative new technology companies. He is an award-winning journalist and author of thirteen books on global economics, technology, and popular culture.

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Table of Contents

Book I - The Drama of Herstory, History, and Heresy

Part I: Mary Magdalene and the Sacred Feminine

1) Mary Magdalene : How a Woman of Substance Was Harlotized by History
2) The Sacred Feminine

Part II: Echoes of the Hidden Past

3) The Lost Gospels
4) The Early Days of Christianity
5) Consolidation or Cover-up?
6) Secret Societies

Part III: Keeping the Secrets Secret

7) The Mystery of Codes
8) Leonardo and His Secrets: The Secret Language of Architectural Symbolism
9) Temples of Symbols, Cathedrals of Codes

Book II - The Da Vinci Code Revealed

Part I: 24 Hours, Two Cities, and the Future of Western Civilization

10) Apocrypha and Revelations

Part II: Reviews and Commentaries on The Da Vinci Code

11) Commentary, Criticism, and Observations

Part III: Underneath the Pyramid

12) Sophie's Library

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2006

    A great addition to the Da Vinci Code

    Like many people I read the Da Vinci Code and loved it. I couldn't put it down and stop reading it. With the upcoming movie, my interest in the Da Vinci Code has been re-ignited. I was very excited about the Secrets of the Code so that I could better understand the theories that Da Vinci Code presented. I began flipping through it a couple of weeks ago and really enjoy reading it. It really makes me think about what i read in the book and it gives me a different perspective of looking at things. I really enjoyed reading the section on Opus Dei and the section on the pyramid. If you enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code and can't wait for this movie to come out, then this book will make the perfect addition to your library!

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