Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League and the Hidden Paths of Power

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The sleeper hit expose of one of the world's most mysterious organizations: Yale University's 200-year-old secret society Skull and Bones. Acclaimed journalist Robbins slips through the veil of secrecy to investigate the truth about its influence and operations, and explains why this throwback still thrives.

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Overview

The sleeper hit expose of one of the world's most mysterious organizations: Yale University's 200-year-old secret society Skull and Bones. Acclaimed journalist Robbins slips through the veil of secrecy to investigate the truth about its influence and operations, and explains why this throwback still thrives.

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Almost everyone who has attended college in the U.S. over the last few hundred years has heard of the Skull and Bones Society at Yale University, although they may not know much about it as it is veiled in deliberate secrecy. This book unmasks its hidden history and reveals much about its members in an entertaining and thorough manner. Robbins is a graduate of Yale and a member of another of its secret societies. She has written for the New Yorker magazine and been on its staff. Her research skills are evident in this meticulous history of the most famous college society that has had multiple presidents, Supreme Court Justices and famous businessmen as its members. She is as brutally frank about its silly rituals as she is about the powerful networking influence it has had in politics and business. Since our current president is a member of Skull and Bones, as are his father and numerous family members, this expose is especially revealing about the impact such a society has on our country's leaders. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Little, Brown, Back Bay, 230p. bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Nola Theiss
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316735612
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: First BackBay Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 445,963
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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Alexandra Robbins
Alexandra Robbins
Alexandra Robbins is the New York Times bestselling author of Pledged and The Overachievers. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and other publications. The recipient of the 2007 Heartsongs Award for contributions to the mental health of children and young adults, Robbins has appeared on numerous television shows, including 60 Minutes, the Today show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Colbert Report.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Gripping history, intriguing network

    This is the only book I've ever seen on this most interesting subject. I agree with the author that what might be most interesting isn't the actual inner workings of Skull and Bones but is the way that Skull and Bones has taken on a life of its own in the minds of the public. I appreciate that the author does not play connect the dots, and that there is no wild speculation here. It boils down to a society with a fascinating history, maybe a few strange activities, and a roster of members, such as Bush and Kerry, that is undeniably impressive. And somehow, Skull and Bones has become an important force in society today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Boring

    This book was tedious, very disappointing. I didn't think I would be able to make it all the way through the excrutiaiting 206 pages of pointless facts. It was either page after page of boring sentences about a guy who was in Skull and Bones 100+ years ago and the connections the club gave him or a dull history of Yale. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. Please, save your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2006

    a must read for all age's

    alexandea is a vary brave woman for writing this book.i now see the world we live in more clearly,now i see the evil death cult's that are hi-jacking the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2006

    not your typical 'for thrills only' conspiracy book

    This book (unlike most on the subject of secret societies and the New World Order) covers many societies both secret and not and their history at Yale college. It gives good posture to those who have not been responsible editors for themselves while sifting through the plethora of conspiracy theory info avail and have started to pretty much believe everything they hear so long as it sounds scary enough. No cheap thrills here, just a history lesson that will educate the reader about Yale. Alexandra Robbins shows how Skull and Bones and it's mystique are as proveable as it's members are and both want to be shown to the world via the media and through political agendas. In the end you will see what bad can come when little boy's never have to hear the word 'No!' by their parents, can never truly sympathize with the poor and suffering and are encouraged to be ruthless lying leaders to the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    She doesn't go far enough!

    The truth of the Skull and Bones is deadly to our society. It has ruled for many years in this county. We use to be a Republic and now this society change that into a Democracy. I have studied the Skull and Bones Society for many years from other sources and have concluded that what ever candidate is chosen as president, Kerry or Bush, we will travel down the road to the New World Order, very soon! The author is good, but she failed to give real historical in depth information on the orgin of these evil societies, which they are. If the truth were widely know, The Bushes' would not have been elect the first time! It doesn't matter if Kerry or George W.Bush wins the election, they will be controlled by, others that are connected to the 'Skull and Bones'., as The Rhodes Scholarships; The Round-Table Group, The American Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission and The Bilderbergers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    Review from a high school student

    After many unsuccessful attempts by other journalists, Yale graduate and acclaimed journalist, Alexandra Robbins is finally able to reveal what truly happens inside one of the world¿s most secret societies ¿ Skull and Bones. Her book Secrets of the Tomb uncovers everything from how it began, to the brutal details of their initiations, to descriptions from inside their headquarters, to many more intimate rituals performed by Yale¿s infamous organization. Simultaneously, this book is also a stimulating investigation of our fixation with conspiracy and connection as Robbins discloses the names of many men of great power and influence like President George W. Bush and his father who have been associated with the organization. Many fear that the through these connections, the United States distributes its power through a system of favoritism and that these former members are heavily influenced by the beliefs of the organization to make political decisions. The accounts taken from actual Bonesmen explain the superiority of these men, their true impact on world affairs, and how they have used their involvement to achieve prominence. Although the process of initiation is excruciating, with all the privileges given to those accepted into the society, it is no wonder that many young men do almost anything to be one. Young people today can relate to this situation in which they do almost anything to be a part of something. In relation to me, this would be something to think about before I go off to college this fall. What I liked about the book is that it bluntly shows that if you have connections in this world, you can get almost anywhere. It is a very intriguing book full of shocking stories that keeps the reader in awe. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else, especially if they are someone who is a part of or is interested in organizations like fraternities or sororities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    Best book of the year

    This book is absolutely excellent. When I bought the book I expected it to be mostly about conspiracy theories associated with Skull and Bones (for example, that Skull and Bones is part of a secret world government). But the book is so much more than that. Robbins deftly debunks much of the lore of this society, pointing out that, while its members - typically wealthy or high-achieving Yalies or children of prominent alumni - revel in their secrecy, the society is mostly a social club whose members go out of their way to assist one another after graduation. The author reveals the organization's secret initiation rites, and dissects their true impact on world affairs. I loved the way she named names, to show how both Bush presidents helped - and were helped by - fellow Bonesmen. I also enjoyed the great irony: George W. Bush has called Yale a place of Northeastern intellectual snobbery and made fun of his education there. Yet Robbins documents how his ascent to the presidency is littered with Bonesmen. This is detailed, responsible journalism at its best. Every suspicious account is investigated with a critical eye. This book is a great read. Alexandra Robbins is a wonderful and entertaining writer. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    The Secrets of the Secret

    I am not a huge book reader but as soon as I picked this book up, i was hooked. I have always been interested in "The Skulls" long before the movie for what they have been able to do it their secretive ways of life. This book tells (almost) all of what you've wondered about them for over decades and decades. Alexandra Robbins has done something special in this hardcover bible about the elite group you only wish you knew more about. She gets you as close as you'll ever get.

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