“Visually, this is an attractive book: large format, profusely illustrated, just on the right side of coffee-table-ish.”
“The real history of Freemasonry is arguably more interesting than all the tales woven about it.”
-U.S. News & World Report
“Tabbert, curator of the National Heritage Museum and master of a Masonic lodge in Massachusetts, writes from the inside out, offering an interesting overview of the history of Freemasonry and its attributes.”
“This beautifully-illustrated book is the best introduction to the Masonic past now available for brothers and for curious outsiders.”
-Steven C. Bullock,author of Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840
“From colonial times to the present, Masons have always been central to community life in America. Mark Tabbert tells their story in a fresh and arresting way. . . . This informative and visually delightful book introduces us to a vital aspect of our nation's civic history.”
-Theda Skocpol,Harvard University
There are great illustrations, and excellent research. this book should be required reading for all Masons.
The author very professionally and diplomatically addressed all of the controversial issues in Masonry in a non-sensational, impartial, fair-minded manner.
To show that rich history, the book contains several photographs of Masonic and other fraternal artifacts from the National Heritage Museum.
I had hoped for a more complete and detailed treatment of the post Civil War and contemporary times.Published 16 days ago by Historian
People who come to my home and look at this book are amazed at many unknown facts that they find in this book.Published 6 months ago by Jim Burke
One of the most educational books on Freemasonry available today. If you are looking for a representation of history and the influences of Masonry on it, this is the book for you.Published 21 months ago by Cain Platt
I purchased this book for my husband for fathers day. He really enjoyed the book and found the history to be very interesting. This is a great book to add to any Masons collection.Published on July 16, 2012 by Gemms
This book is the best history and philosophy of freemasonry that I have ever had. I have already purchased four copies to give to friends wishing to become Freemasons.Published on October 4, 2011 by Janet Burd
As a people who is interested in Freemason staff, I feel happy for this book 'cause it tells much information I want.Published on March 28, 2011 by Dong Wang
I just started reading the book, and I like Tabberts writing style. Having read many books on Freemasonry, I know what should be in here, it looks to be a good read. Read morePublished on January 4, 2011 by Tutor Turtle
I read the book cover to cover on the plane ride back to California. I must commend the author on a wonderful book. Read morePublished on July 4, 2009 by Michael C. MacDonald
This is an excellent book that explores the contributions of American Freemasons thoughout our history. Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Steven D. Wittberger