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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140134
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 269,746
  • File size: 16 MB
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Early History     12
Inside The Lodge     26
Secret Symbols     38
The Masonic Handshake     54
Pagan Rites     72
Covert Cousins     86
Masonic Murder     108
Secrets And Lies     120
Epilogue     168
Appendix (i)     172
Appendix (ii)     184
Recommended Reading     200
Index     202
Photo Credits     207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    Anti-masonry alive and well

    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.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Secrets of the Freemasons by Michael Bradley is pure crap

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!

    I've read many books on Freemasons. This is the worst one I've ever read. Too many opinions and not enough facts!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    More Secret Society Mumbo-Jumbo

    Repeat of all of the other works just more condensed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    It's funny to me, you, Mr. Bradley don't even give an "Abou

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    I do not ever rebember saying that a book should be burned, but this one should.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2006

    Giving away secrets and bashing our fraternity

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2006

    Pretty little book with very little substance

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Disgusted

    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?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    An Excellent Read

    If you find yourself engrossed in history, current events; or both, you likely wish to gain better insight and understanding of "things" that shape our world. The more you research what is going on, the more you begin to see a pattern emerge. Certain names, places, countries, events or...associations; eventually reach a threshold that tells you - this is more than a chance happening.

    If you have found yourself thinking in that manner, than you likely are the type of person to dig a little further. If you've done enough digging, one of the 'associations' that continues to "pop up in the background", is a group known as Freemasons.

    Let me pause for a moment...for I just opened a can of worms.

    If you've already read a number of books about Freemasons, you're likely in one of two camps, and probably won't learn a great deal more than you already know by reading this book. However, if you are new to the subject or have just been reading stuff on the net, then this is a great place to start.

    Michael Bradley has done an excellent job of "remaining neutral" with regards to a topic that by its very nature is polarizing. He paints a clear picture of things because he does not attempt to add color to something that may or may not be there. If there is a question regarding the validity of a specific topic or subject, it is stated as such. And facts are hard to come by in great number when researching Masonic history and its role in history.

    'The Secrets of The Freemasons' is a book that literally covers all the bases. It gives a brief history about the many (key): people, places, events and associations - known; and not so well-known, throughout its history. It does not go into extensive research, but does a very good job of connecting all the dots and making it flow seamlessly. The author also mentions several of his peers throughout the book, which will assist the ardent reader should they wish to delve deeper.

    Overall, an excellent read. Job well done on a very complicated subject. As a side note, the (hardcover) book currently avaiable is fashioned a bit different from that of your standard hardcover - kind of like those individuals reading about Freemasons.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Yet another Freemason book...?

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Freemason

    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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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Good Beginner's Book on Freemasonry

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    The Freemasons are people that we should all be concerned with.

    I have to admit that before reading this book I knew very little about the Freemasons. I also have to admit I still know little about them in fact. I can say this, if all of the material that was covered in this book is true then we as human beings have to be very aware of this secret society. My opinion after reading this is that these people are very dangerous folks. To think that Freemasons have this much power around the world is very scary. The fact that important people that have helped to shape our world and guide us to where we are today have been part of this society is very scary to me. These people appear from what I have read in this book to be way too powerful and have had too much of an influence on the world already. The book opened my eyes to something that I was not aware of before. If you read this and aren't a little concerned by the disturbing information in it then you are part of this society. This book is not for everyone and may be filled with facts that can't be trusted as solid. If the facts are solid then the world is in more trouble than you think.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Masonary

    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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2006

    This book freaks me out!

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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