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A Brief History of Secret Societies: An unbiased history of our desire for secret knowledge Paperback – June 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0786719839 ISBN-10: 0786719834 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Reprint edition (June 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719839
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David V. Barrett is the author of The New Believers and Sects, 'Cults', & Alternative Religions, and his work has appeared in the TLS, Independent, Literary Review, Spectator, and New Scientist, among other publications. His books have been published in thirteen languages and seventeen countries. He lives in London, UK.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By pdun459 on January 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
With this book, Barrett paints the history of secret societies with a very broad brush, which is good in my opinion. So many of the other books get bogged down in a morass of minor details that may or may not have any substance. Barrett weaves all the threads from the different groups together to form a complete tapestry. You will come away with a much better understanding of how it all fits together. This is truly a history book, not paranoid hysteria.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brett A. Welschmeyer on July 23, 2007
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Great book for a brief hit and miss history of secrect societies, how they formed, who disliked them and the conflicts they had that bring us to presnt day. Great read for a place to start learning about these societies.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Crashley on March 31, 2008
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Mr. Barrett's look into the history of various esoteric societies is refreshing in its objectivity and thorough research. This book will give the reader a brief but accurate look at various societies and how they interacted within the world at their time. Additionally, his intraspection on the Freemasons, Hermetic Philosophers, Gnostics, Templars, Neo-Platonism and various other groups include their affect on the world and other esoteric organizations with similar perspectives. In respect to the Freemasons singularly, this book references the works of both Knight and Short, discussing what they got right and what they got wrong.

A wonderful read for history enthusists whom seek to broaden they're knowledge on heterodoxical societies and their sometimes blatant, sometimes subtle influence on our world today.
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