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A History Of Secret Societies Paperback – October 15, 2011


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1258111306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1258111304
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,020,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for a shallow book on human perversity this isn't it. Daraul's book is a serious investigation into the psychology and cultural characteristics of secret societies through the ages. Well worth the reading!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Written under one of Idris Shah's many pen names. This book provides a dated and suspicously incomplete overview of some so-called secret societies. One howler is that he considers the Tibetan Buddhists a secret society! - they never were but until the earlier 1900's certainly inaccessible to most foreigners. I guess Shah thought that his audience was too stupid to figure this one out. Another is the so-called Illuminati he makes a connection with Bayazid Ansari's atheistic cult of libertines and bandits with Adam Weishaupt group. However he provides no references to back up this claim.
Overall this book is a ok place to start with secret societies - but PLEASE take what the author says with a grain of salt. Shah has a history of playing it fast and loose with facts in order to support his many claims like being the Grand Shiekh of all Sufis and which is not recognized by any Sufi orders - Naqshbandi, Mevlevi, etc,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tojoyama on November 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The source for the ILLUMINATI Triligy Books, Daroul discusses the major secret societies of the last two milleniums. Lacks the most intimate details of each society, due to its modest size, but goes deep enough to interest both the novice and informed reader.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1997
Format: Paperback
The Templars, the Assassins, the dread Illuminati. All the usual suspects and more besides are here in the book that serves as the primer in History of the Conspiracy 101. Alluding properly to secrets he can't reveal and refusing to give sources for the secrets he does, Daraul's work is still the touchstone for the genre. If your idea of secret history predates 1963, this is a handy sourcebook that's bound to give you a couple of new ideas.
I used this as a source for my own rpg book _Secret Societies: Foes of the Nephilim_, also available right here on Amazon.com
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid that these 'historical' reviews seemed a little short on unique information that I haven't seen elsewhere. I was also disappointed in the apparent random placement of diagrams that seemed to have notthing to do with the text. For example, within the first 7 chapters, there were numerous diagrams of encryption codes used by secret societies, but yet there was absolutely no discussion about secret codes anywhere in the text. Perhaps I'm missing the real 'code' hidden somewhere between the typeface of the printed page, but as a useful historical perspective on what 'secret societies' are all about, how they differ, how they perhaps associalte or embattle each other, or most importantly, how they might impact (positively or negatively) our lives today, I feel the value of this book was lost on me; or perhaps it's just a 'secret'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Petros Constantinou on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
The author seems to be speaking from personal experience and claims that he had personal conduct with his subject. Although I tried, I did not manage to find more information about the author but generally he is not involving any personal opinions or judgments about his references but simply presents the information he collected and leaves the reader to decide; that is why I have to admit that the book is one of the best around in the specific topic. The only thing that the book lacks is bibliography which does not allow the reader for further research on his own. The only reason I gave four stars is because the author does not account the work done by some important orders and specifically does not mention any data about the enochian system of magic.
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