Beito's history is fascinating and instructive in itself, but it is also well-presented.
Wall Street Journal
It has insights especially for sociologists interested in social movements, voluntary organizations, social work, empowerment, and American social history.
American Journal of Sociology
[Beito] convincingly argues that fraternal organizations embodied values that appealed to a broad range of Americans.
American Historical Review
A wonderful book. .
Harvard Business History Review
[He] has captured one of the most important ways lodges [lifted] people up, which was to give them a shield against destitution and dependency.
The Washington Monthly
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David Beito's book establishes the enormous impact of fraternal societies on the social lives and fiscal circumstances of millions of Americans between 1890 and 1967. In addition to creating vast social and mutual aid networks for the poor and the working class, fraternal organizations offered insurance policies to members and established hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the elderly.