"The book is a delight; no Masonic prudery here, no academic dry as dust chapters, no grand lodge views as determined by a camel of a committee... a simple, readable style that encourages one to read on."
--The Square Magazine, March 2006"Hodapp treats the topic with honesty and sincerity, but not with a cloying reverence. . . Highly recommended, especially for the new Mason." --Jim Tresner, Scottish Rite Journal "No book since John Robinson's 'Born In Blood' has created more interest and excitement in Masonic circles and among the general public." --Carl Wilson, The Rite Recorder "I think this book is the best thing that has happened to Freemasonry in many a moon, causing many a brother to read a Masonic book for the first time..." --Ralph Herbold, Southern California Research Lodge “This might be the best general book on Freemasonry any Mason or non-Mason could want.”
--Gary Dryfoos, A Page About Freemasonry
From the Back Cover
Covers Masonry's origins, purpose, and symbols
Your plain-English introduction to this ancient organization
Fascinated by Freemasons? This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rights to the veiled symbols and their meanings. You'll understand the Freemasonry philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, explore the many controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around the organization, and discover the changes coming to the Craft.
Discover how to
- Get a handle on how this fraternal order operates
- Understand the degrees and groups of Freemasonry
- Gain knowledge of the Freemason degrees
- Recognize misconceptions about Masons
- Find a lodge