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The Secrets of the Freemasons
     

The Secrets of the Freemasons

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by Michael Bradley
 

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Over the past three centuries, thousands of books and pamphlets have been written about the Freemasons in an attempt to interpret the great truths that lie within its labyrinthine symbolic system and to expand on its seemingly impenetrable legends. But this guide is different: it anchors its analysis by shining a spotlight on several key historical events, and

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Over the past three centuries, thousands of books and pamphlets have been written about the Freemasons in an attempt to interpret the great truths that lie within its labyrinthine symbolic system and to expand on its seemingly impenetrable legends. But this guide is different: it anchors its analysis by shining a spotlight on several key historical events, and explores the darker side of Masonic conspiracies, murder, and world manipulation. Find about Freemasonry’s early history, and meet its many influential members—including Mozart, Winston Churchill, and several leaders of the American Revolution. Step inside the lodge, decode the secret symbols and special handshake, and delve into the Masons’ pagan rites, covert cousins, and secrets and lies. You’ll get an amazing view of a heretofore hidden fraternity.

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ISBN-13:
9781402763168
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Secrets of the Freemasons 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, a disclaimer: I am a 32nd degree Mason and a Knight Templar, meaning that in addition to being a member of a 'Blue Lodge', I have worked through the Scottish Rite and the York Rite. I must also say that I am widely read, but never have been compelled to write a review - that is, until now. I have read and enjoyed many works on Masonry and anti-masonry through history. I have even had access to some of these works from the 19th century, in the original. There was no mistaking these works for what they were, and here on this point is where I start my commentary on this book. First, the good points: this is an attractive book. It is presented in a faux-historical format, intended, I suppose, to reflect the patina of age covering Masonry. Very nicely done. Some of the history is correct - and there the problems begin. Not to belabor the point, this a blatantly anti - masonic text. and it is such in a dishonest way. It weaves meagre historical facts with a tired rehash of the usual run of conspiracy theory, devil worship, etc., etc. I could go on and on here, but the hour is late, and there are far better things to do than waste more time on this poor effort. For those of you who truly want to learn more about what Masonry is Really about, or even want to read some entertaining anti - masonry, there are far better tomes out there to chose from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many books on Freemasons. This is the worst one I've ever read. Too many opinions and not enough facts!
Psyko1 More than 1 year ago
Repeat of all of the other works just more condensed.
Mason-Scott More than 1 year ago
As I read this book, I found it to be very inaccurate on several issues. To start off, the layout of the lodge on page 27 was blatantly labeled wrong and this fact just jumped out for anyone who has even the rudimentary knowledge of Masonry. On page 31, the author mentions the Scottish Rites and York Rites but never elaborates on any subject dealing with the York Rites. The obvious omission of any mention of the philanthropic charities that the Masons are involved with such as the Shriners Hospitals who provide free orthopedic and burn care to children under 18. The Scottish Rite Masons have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. With 55 active Learning Centers in 15 states, the Children's Learning Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors. There was no mention that it was the Freemasons that made it possible for the Statue of Liberty to be erected in New York Harbor, one of the iconic symbols of this nation. The local Blue Lodges of Masonry contribute liberally to many college scholarships for deserving high school seniors helping them obtain their advanced educations. Of course the author, Michael Bradley makes no mention of any of this in his book. This brings us to page 72, Pagan Rites! Now finely we get to the true aspect of crap that the author's purpose of writing this book. For the next several pages just goes on to perpetuate false, created fabrication lies by that have been disproven over the years. Much of this false information came from Léo Taxil, which was the pen name of Marie Joseph Gabriel Antoine Jogand-Pagès. Léo Taxil hired a prostitute by the name of, Diana Vaughan, who was supposed to be the female involved in Satanic Freemasonry rituals. On April 19, 1897 Taxil called a press conference at which he claimed he would introduce Diana Vaughan to the press. He instead announced that many of his revelations about the Freemasons were nothing more than a fictitious con job. I find it interesting that Michael Bradley is gaining financial rewards today running the same old, and not even new or original, copying Léo Taxil's con. At the end of reading the book, the only enlightenment on the subject was the fact that I had pissed away $9.95 on blaringly wrong, poorly researched and non-confirmed and even long ago disproven and admitted fabrication information stated as facts. The only thing missing was some link to alien space men conspiracy theories to make this factious fantasy tome complete. You would be much better off spending your money on the Discovery Channel's DVD, Hunting The Lost Symbol for more accurate information on the subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's funny to me, you, Mr. Bradley don't even give an "About the Author"? Which tells me you have NO crediblity to be writing on topics on enlightened men. I come from 5 generations of Masons, myself one of them. To call me, my "brothers" and my family corrupt power hungry pagans is trash. I am proud of my life, masonry has made me a better man. Fear has made you inconsiderate and pathetic. We learned from the Templar Knights and you know why they were unjustly executed? Fear. The Pope and the King feared what they don't understand and the killed for it. You are inticing this hate and fear that Masons have been subject to since they started. You may think it's funny to smear the name of millions of people but to us it is just sad and hurtful. You claim Masons want to start WW3? People like you who spread fear into people start wars not men who do charity work, love one another, share in brotherhood together. The best secret the Freemasons have and it's not even a secret.. it's understanding. Which you have not a single bit of. Not of the Freemasons and not of mankind.
jhg9999 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hoping to learn something, and I did. The author has used every way and every thing that he could possibly think of to heap slander and lies upon one of the finest groups of men that this country has ever had the great fortune to have had as citizens. He has laid the blame for everything from murder to world war at the feet of the Masonic membership. I can not tell you all of the lies that he gives the Mason's credit for, because quite honestly, I could not stand to finish this piece of trash. If you wish to waste your time and read it to the end, you vaule you time at nothing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book and being in the order for years. i find this book to be a disgrace to all Masons. It gives away what was held so sacred to each and every Mason world wide. Teh grips, passes, ceremonies and penalites. Then to call of fraternity that so many have come to love and cherish to literally embarass and disrespect it like that is terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to add to my collection, and upon reading into it, was disgusted by the fact that not only our grips and passwords are illustrated, but so are our signs and 'penalties'. Is there nothing private any longer?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book to add to my masonic collection somehow knowing it's contents before the first page was turned. I knew of the conspiracy theories, anti-masonic sentiment, historical misinterpretations and basic fear of some sort of agenda somehow contrived by the freemasons. I found it funny though that this book and others like it urge the reader to look betweens the lines of history and search for deeper meaning of the so-called masonic propaganda when this book itself is physically designed in a way to attract people to it's contents. The book is very nicely bound with full color pages and plenty of nice photographs which by any means of reasonable cyncism will hint to the skeptical reader that this book relies more on it's presentation than it's information. The suggested reading section is compiled by either anti-masonic authors or figures from history that for some reason people label 'masonic spoksmen' (Albert Pike and Manly Hall for instance) which it in itself should tell the reader from what side these 'secrets' are coming from. It is no doubt that Albert Pike and others like him wrote extensively on the subject of masonry and their language and opinions may at some times seem odd, but what the public (and some Masons) need to know about these men is that they wrote numerous volumes of text regarding thier own opinion and interpretation of the many aspects of freemasonry. Many of these masonic writers were extraordinarily intellegent (and in many ways quite eccentric) and it is because of this that their work is horribly misquoted, misread and taken severly out of context. I myself being a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a Royal Arch Mason, and fierce researcher of masonic literature do not agree with everything I read written by Pike, Hall, Mackey or otherwise. These men had their own opinions same as the author of this book has his own. Whether or not one shares their opinion (Mason or not) is up to the reader. But I encourage all those interested in the complicated topic of freemasonry (Mason or not) to read everything you can, the anti-masonic books and well as those published by masonic companies and decide for yourself what is based on fact and corroborated by evidence or what is based on theory and speculation based on the misinterpretation of an uninformed author. As Masons we are encouraged to learn and study the myriad of information about the fraternity and what it tries to teach us. We are encouraged to be open-minded and realize that the fraternity is based on free thinking, welcoming different ideas and philosophies and learning what we can from those around us. We understand that there are those who oppose us and they are entitled to their opinion but anyone who studies any topic that may be controversial must realize that opinion is the lowest form of knowlege, that just because a book is written does not make its contents fact (cross referencing their sources may show that) and to recognize the author's intent when reading their book. People for ages have written about the 'secret agenda' of the Freemasons, the next time you read a book think about the author's agenda and hope your purchase was worth it.
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xolddudex More than 1 year ago
Very nice Book, suitable for a tabletop. Nice binding and pages. The information is not as detailed as some books but it has the main topics of interest.
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Having known about the Masons for quite some time now, only having very little info, I've found myself very much into the first Mason book I've ever read. For me, it was an enjoyable read, and a total eye- opener of who the Masons really are and the history behind them. I feel this book is very accurate and all of my questions were answered in depth. I personally recommend this book to all who want to know more about the Freemasons. It's been a few months since I've finished the book, but before I picked it up, I never would've figured that our forefathers were Freemasons. Ever since I heard that, I've been hearing it non-stop. It talks about the conspiracy of the pyramid on the back of the dollar (like the one on the cover) and how that works. If you research the conspiracies of each dollar bill from the $1 to the $100 bills, you'll find that the $1 bill tops them all as far as eye-opening goes, or at least I did. I've found that the rest of the dollar conspiracies are pieces to the puzzle. This book doesn't discuss 5-$100 conspiracies, but if I remember correctly, it did discuss the conspiracy behind the $1. If that doesn't shock you, I don't know what will. From what I've studied since this book, I have no reason to believe that this is an inaccurate book whatsoever. I think it's a Great read that was very well formatted and has Excellent meaning behind it. I found the book to be very well spoken. Very highly recommended for those who aren't Masons.
JasonBrinn More than 1 year ago
Well, This book is suprisingly well written and the illustration job is just incredible. I can't say any new ground is broken here but for the cost of the book this is a great add to my collection!
BethMLib More than 1 year ago
This answered all sorts of questions I had about Masons. My husband's family is really into this but my husband is not now that he is an adult. I found it all very interesting! It also helped me understand some things in the Da Vinci Code that I hadn't understood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book isn't heavy. It's a picture book with art explaining masonary. I've watched lots of documentry films on masonary and seen tons of pictures. I feel the book explains alot of the wild allegories you hear from other researchers. It explains the evolution since the pyrimids.. We have been studying about the history of literature and its critisim through time. I get a mixed feeling between the two that makes the book seem more logical. It is real interesting and has inspired me to take ancient philosophy classes in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the first reviewer has other motives for his poor rating of this title ¿ being a high ranking Mason himself. If you ask me this book is very insightful and makes you wonder what those guys with aprons and funny handshakes are really doing behind closed doors. You should buy it!