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Graham Hancock , Robert Bauval
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Book Description

September 13, 2011

The Master Game is a roller-coaster intellectual journey through the back streets and rat runs of history to uncover the traces in architecture and monuments of a secret religion that has shaped the world.

Pivotal historical events and processes, not least the Renaissance, the birth of scientific rationalism, and the French and American revolutions, are radically re-evaluated in the light of new investigative evidence presented in The Master Game. Even the belief that the United States has a "global mission," so obvious today, may ultimately prove to be less the result of a short-term reaction to terrorism than the inevitable working out of a covert plan originally set in motion almost two thousand years ago.

The Master Game refers to a scheme or "game" played on the world stage to bring about a world order governed by a lofty goal which, today, we term the "Masonic Ideal." The Master Game traces the origins of this game of symbols and words and talismans from ancient Egypt all the way to modern times, and places it squarely on the elitist Scottish Rite Freemasonry, headquartered in Washington, DC, and ruled by a secretive and powerful brotherhood of men who have attained the thirty-third degree. The Master Game exposes this world order's true purpose and, more importantly, shows how it has affected the United States of America and badly backfired on 9/11.

The book is adapted and expanded from the authors' earlier, out-of-print book Talisman.


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About the Author

Graham Hancock is a bestselling author of non-fiction in the alternative history genre, perhaps best known for Fingerprints of the Gods. He is the undisputed leader in the field and his books have proved to be consistent and substantial long-sellers. His two major British TV series (Quest for the Lost Civilisation, 1998, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, 2002) put his ideas in front of audiences of millions, and his web site (www.grahamhancock.com) is recognized as a primary research source with over one million page views every month.

Graham Hancock's books have been translated into 27 languages and have sold more than five million copies worldwide. His most recent book is Supernatural: Meetings With The Ancient Teachers Of Mankind.



Rogue Egyptologist Robert Bauval was born in Egypt in 1948. A construction engineer, his interest in Egyptology is long standing, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life.

In the 1980s he developed a line of study linking the pyramids and the so-called Pyramid Texts with astronomy and famously published the bestselling The Orion Mystery. His most recent book is The Egypt Code.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193470864X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934708644
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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128 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new edition of Talisman August 31, 2011
Format:Paperback
Just to be clear, this book is essentially a new edition of "Talisman," which has been out of print in the US for several years and was something of an underground gem as it was not much publicized by its now defunct publisher, Element Books. Hancock and Bauval have taken the bones of "Talisman" and added on new material that bookends that work into a new theory that addresses the massive global issue of our time: the struggle between Islam and the West.

They are not afraid to be controversial. Some of the material regarding 9/11 in particular is likely to rile establishment parrots and truthers alike. It's a massive book - 636 pages with 81 photos - and it's hard to get through some of it. The payoff comes eventually, though, for those who stay the course - and their controversial conclusions will not seem nearly as far fetched once you've sucked in the couple of millennia's worth of global history leading up to them.

Definitely recommended for those who missed "Talisman," and even for those familiar with that work there is enough new material here to make it a worthwhile purchase, IMHO.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars old material, new cover September 3, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is essentially a revised "Talisman", an earlier book by the same authors; it is misleading and cynical to give it a completely new name without even a reference to "Talisman" on the front (or even back) cover to warn potential readers.

Worth getting by those who did not read "Talisman" because of its historic detail and good use of original sources. A big book (600 pages), the authors do excellent work in tracing ancient gnostic "heresy" from Egypt to the contemporary West. They offer a coherent thread for an underground movement spanning millennia; illuminating, for instance, the spiritual and esoteric aspects of the French Revolution that many others overlook. Their coverage of the influence of ancient Egypt on the designs of major cities like London, Paris and Washington D.C. was amazing when "Talisman" was published.

However a number of more recent books explore in more depth the similarities of the Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions (really different sects of the same religion) with the earlier Egyptian solar cult. (Just two examples: church congregations face east (the direction of sunrise and solar rebirth) to pray while Muslims pray towards a black stone that was the center of moon cult worship. "Observant Jews" wear two small black boxes - like miniature versions of the Islamic Kaaba. In the Comments section I suggest just a few books explaining much more about the relationships between many religions.)

The Egyptian roots of today's religions have since been far better addressed by many others, including Acharya S, Ralph Ellis and Michael Tsarion.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seriously interesting, but the point is? September 16, 2011
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This book provides extensive research and detail on, as far as I can tell, two topics:

1. The brutalities of the Catholic Church in suppressing dissent, truth, heresy, and knowledge. It covers this story from the beginnings of the Catholic Church in the fourth century AD until the ascent of England as the dominant world power.

2. The Masons and a litany of architectural anomalies and coincidences. It covers this story from the time of the Knights Templar (presumably, the forerunners of the Masons) to such modern architecture as I.M. Pei's pyramid at the Louvre.

If you have an interest in this kind of history, this book will be a page turner for you. You'll turn about 600 pages. Unfortunately, this book obviously was not proofread. So as you turn those pages, you can't help but notice that typos and misspellings abound. To me, that's a serious defect.

Another defect is the book doesn't seem to be written with a point in mind. While I enjoyed reading the history, I finished the book not understanding why the authors wrote it or what point they were trying to make. Yes, they did state a concluding point but it didn't seem to derive from the rest of the book.

This is really several books in one, or at least several themes that appear to stand separately. For example, there's a book that gives you some history of the Cathars, another book that gives you some history of the Knights Templar, and another book that discusses writings of Hermes Trismegistus. The authors don't explain how these tie together. That said, it is some seriously interesting material to read.
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110 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Talisman Renamed! August 29, 2011
By Rebel59
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I just received the book today, and although I suspected this might be the case (due to the identical "Book Description" for both "Talisman" and "The Master Game"), I wasn't quite sure until I actually received my long-awaited copy of "The Master Game" this afternoon. Alas, my suspicions were confirmed. The pictures/illustrations are virtually identical; the chapter titles are the same; even the endnotes are largely the same. I suspect this may be a slightly updated version of the ponderous 2004 "Talisman", but buyer beware. If you've already read/have "Talisman" in your library, you're about to add an inferiorly printed rerun of the same book to your repertoire. This is really a shame - or might I say, "sham" - as the listing leaves the impression that this is a brand new title. Where's the "formerly entitled 'Talisman'" disclaimer? Or, even the admission this is an updated version of that earlier work? In short, it's non-existent. I just paid $15.08 for a title that wasn't a very good read to begin with. To be fair, perhaps there's more than just a modest measure of updating inside; maybe Bauval & Hancock just kept the same photos and chapter titles and focused their efforts on refining the content. I can only hope that's the case, but I'm less than optimistic that it will be so. Sigh! And after waiting for nearly five (5) months and multiple delayed release dates. I feel like i just bought a stale dessert purveyed as fresh from the oven. Buyer beware!
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