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Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati Paperback – January 31, 2009
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Only two reservations. First, the 'Skull & Bones' chapter seems to have flown in from another planet (or possibly a marketing department's request), and it stands out oddly. Second, Melanson makes no distinction between the different factions of Freemasonry that were expanding in continental Europe in the 1700s. Stauffer does a good job pointing out the differences in his book between the social club Anglo-Saxon Masons; the mystical Rosicrucian-style Masons who were attempting to make their brand more mysterious; and the Enlightenment social reformers of the Grand Orient of France who were involved in political movements. One style of Masonry was not the same as the next, and each had very different goals. But this is possibly a minor point and my own obsession.
I disagree strongly with Melanson's[...] website on a regular basis, and I think he and his fellow bloggers there seek boogeymen and a hyper-competent all-seeing, all-knowing criminal class of evildoers that control the world. But The Perfectibilists does not engage in the hysterics of that website. Melanson has produced a solid work of scholarship, and he is to be commended.
As referenced in Melanson's book, Peggy Pawlowski in her doctoral thesis described the Bavarian Illuminati thus: "...the Illuminati can be thought of as the executive arm of the Aufklärung [the German Enlightenment]."
This does appear to be so. The intellectual might that was invested as members of the order is impressive. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Johann Pestalozzi, a pioneer of modern educational methods; the philosopher & theologian Johann Gottfried von Herder; philosopher Jacob Friedrich von Abel; amongst some of the most notable.Read more ›
If the academic world wanted to present a history of the Illuminati, they would take someone like Mr. Melanson, give him the academic training, and send him to Europe for six months on a stipend and help him to produce a well researched and written history. For this reason, I give him two (not one) stars for his efforts, under the circumstances.
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Boring book. A lot of 18th century names of people you never heard of. The Illuminati was a real secret society at that time but there is no actual proof or evidence of their... Read morePublished 16 months ago by marshall
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The book is more like a geneological record than historical. There are more written names than historical writings included in the book.Published on May 31, 2014 by Scott Hughett
This book is very informative! Terry Melanson really completed a lot of homework when writing this book. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Rob Parks
I read this book and found it very informative. I was not knew to the subject matter but if I had been the book would have even been better. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by K & C
The un-needed chapter on Skull and Bones can easily be skipped in an otherwise soundly grounded book. Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Adam L. Powers
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