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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743287274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743287272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Cox was the founding editor-in-chief of Phenomena magazine, a U.S. based newstand publication launched in 2003. Having studied Egyptology at University College London, he went on to work as a research assistant for some of the biggest names in the alternative history game, including Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, and David Rohl. He lives in England.

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Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is the follow up book to The Davinci Code.
Ellen P. Lafleche-christian
I may not agree with a particular idea but I still like to know where it originated from.
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Though it's an easy read, it's more the kind of book you'd want to study.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tmtrvlr on December 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Decoding The Lost Symbol by Simon Cox is the go-to book for those who want to read The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. If you have read Dan Brown's books, you know that they are filled with symbolism, conspiracy theories, secret societies, and historical oddities. The author has created a book that gives an insight to some of these references in The Lost Symbol. There is quite a bit of information about Freemasons, Thomas Jefferson and buildings in Washington DC. Some of the other topics are Ancient Mysteries, some Biblical references, historical figures and even one of my favorite artists, Albrecht Duer. A fun book whether you read Dan Brown's book or not!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian on November 28, 2009
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Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is the follow up book to The Davinci Code. It involves a lost symbol found on our nation's capital that turns out to be a mysterious inviation. Decoding the Lost Symbol by Simon Cox decodes the references to people, places and things in Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol. It is THE guide to all the mysterious references in The Lost Symbol.

Not only is Decoding the Lost Symbol a guide for those who read The Lost Symbol, it's a guide to secret societies, forgotten history & conspiracies in general. Are you interested in the Great Pyramid? Maybe you're curious the Freemasons? Wondering about the CIA or the symbolism on our dollar bill?

Just turn to the table of contents in Simon Cox's book, Decoding the Lost Symbol, to learn all about these and other mysteries in our history. You really don't need to have read Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol to enjoy Decoding the Lost Symbol. It's a book anyone interested in conspiracy theories or our mysterious history would enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Joan A. Di Masi on March 6, 2010
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This book was great. It explained the history behind the book. I learned a lot more about the groups and symbols mentioned in the Lost Symbol. It also gave me the information I needed to do a lot more research for my writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Baker on January 19, 2010
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I am an absolute fanatic when it comes to "mysteries" and Freemasons and alchemy and that sort of thing. One of the greatest classes I took in college was called "Alchemy and Transformation of Self." So, when reading the Lost Symbol, I wanted more facts, was literally thirsting for more facts. I knew a little bit about most of the things Dan Brown was talking about in his extensively researched novel, but I just needed more.

Simon Cox has given us that. In his well-organized Lost Symbol reference guide, you will find, in alphabetical order (of course!), brief descriptions of every possible thing one might have wondered about while reading the Lost Symbol. And he gives you just enough to satisfy your curiosity. As such, it doesn't get boring if you're reading a subject that's not particularly interesting, but you still get a good fill of all of the things that you find fascinating.

Still, I was so curious about some of the things he said that I'll definitely be doing a bit more research. I had never heard before, for example, that some people believe that Shakespeare didn't actually write any of his works. And that some people believe that maybe Sir Francis Bacon (whom I've always adored) did write them. I'll definitely be looking more into this.

All in all, even though it's a reference guide, it's extraordinarily easy and fascinating to read. Simon Cox has done a great job of separating Lost Symbol fact from Lost Symbol fiction while at the same time presenting the reader with enough knowledge to feel, well, knowledgeable.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Regis Schilken on November 15, 2009
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As a boy, I remember how much fun it was having secret clubs, secret meetings, secret symbols which no one shared except best friends. In my neighborhood, we spoke a form of Pig Latin as a coded way of communicating. "Where are you going?" became "ehre-whay are-ay ou-yay oing-gay?" Let's face it, secrets are fascinating just because they arouse our curiosity.

It would appear that the symbolism in ~The Lost Symbol~ is equally exciting. It comes from a variety of sources, practically all of which are mysteriously oblique. Simon Cox in his book, Decoding The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction, makes an attempt to explain what a lot of these symbols stand for, many of which Robert Langdon and Katherine Solomon encounter on their quest for the ultimate Ancient Mysteries.

So what are these Ancient Mysteries? It appears they are a summation of secret wisdom collected down through the ages, passed on from generation to generation through mystery schools. "Some of the earliest mystery schools we find were in ancient Greece." These schools had their origin when people attempted to study and understand the "philosophy and mysticism" of their own time (circa 1600 BC). Often this early doctrine was puzzling and oblique, subject to many interpretations which gave rise to various mystery schools.

As an example, one can imagine how Plato's philosophical concept of souls pre-existing in an ideal world could lead to much questioning, then either acceptance, rejection, or some middle ground. His doctrine of the Demiurge's existence seemed equally mysterious and open to interpretation.
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