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Secret Societies: Inside the Freemasons, the Yakuza, Skull and Bones, and the World's Most Notorious Secret Organizations
     

Secret Societies: Inside the Freemasons, the Yakuza, Skull and Bones, and the World's Most Notorious Secret Organizations

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by John Lawrence Reynolds
 

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They generate fear, suspicion, and—above all—fascination. Secret societies thrive among us, yet they remain shrouded in mystery. Their secrecy suggests, to many, sacrilege or crime, and their loyalties are often accused of undermining governments and tipping the scales of justice. The Freemasons, for example, hold more seats of power in the U.S.

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They generate fear, suspicion, and—above all—fascination. Secret societies thrive among us, yet they remain shrouded in mystery. Their secrecy suggests, to many, sacrilege or crime, and their loyalties are often accused of undermining governments and tipping the scales of justice. The Freemasons, for example, hold more seats of power in the U.S. government than any other organization. No fewer than sixteen presidents have declared their Masonic affiliation, and there may have been more. Secret societies have infiltrated pop culture as well. Celebrity members of Kabbalah include Madonna, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others.

From the Mafia and the Yakuza to the Priory of Sion, Skull and Bones and the Templars, Reynolds offers an illuminating and entertaining exploration of the stories—confirmed and fabricated—that surround these societies, as well as provides detailed information on their origins, initiations, rituals, and secret signs. Dispelling myths and providing gripping revelations—such as a direct historical link between the Assassins of the Middle Ages and today’s Al Qaeda—Secret Societies gives us a smart, surprising look at the best known and often least understood covert organizations.

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“This offers far more depth and detail than most . . . . Excellent.”
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“A must-read . . . done with exceptional skill and competence.”
Robert J. Sawyer
“A page-turner, with more twists and turns than The Da Vinci Code. Find a safe corner where no one can look over your shoulder, and dive into this compulsively readable exposé.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611450422
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
117,779
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Lawrence Reynolds has written sixteen books of fiction and nonfiction and has won awards in both categories. He lives with his wife, Judy, in a small North American town, the location of which is secret.

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Secret Societies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ML100 More than 1 year ago
Reynolds exposes the fabricated connections and inner workings. In one case even a group that probably never existed.