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Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide Hardcover – March 6, 2012
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About the Author
Secret society historian Craig Heimbichner follows the Middle Path to wisdom. He stays awake when we are all asleep. He works the graveyard shift in the secret lodge. He break-dances with the skeletons in the closet. He does the hokey-pokey with his whole body in. He shakes it all about. He turns himself around. And he tells us what IT” is all about.” Joan d’Arc, Paranoia The Conspiracy Reader
Adam Parfrey: Adam Parfrey wrote and edited Apocalypse Culture, Cult Rapture, Apocalypse Culture II, It's a Man's World, and The Secret Source. Steven Heller lionized Parfrey and Feral House in the Winter 2010 issue of Print Magazine, and The Seattle Weekly featured Parfrey and his publishing in a November 2010 cover story in Seattle Weekly magazine.
In Apocalypse Culture, Parfrey introduced readers to freemasonic inquiry, leading to such pop culture manifestations as Marilyn Manson's song, "Kiing/Kill 33"...
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Top Customer Reviews
The first thing I'd like to tell prospective reader of this book is that it is HUGE, and by that I mean ENORMOUS. It's big and beautiful, and packed with esoterica you won't find anywhere else. Once you absorb how BIG the book is, the next glory to appreciate is how it feels. It's a distinct pleasure to touch and turn pages so polished and lustrous.
Flipping through it you see at once that the type design is elegant and refined, with display fonts that convey antiquity without sacrificing a sparkling clarity. The layout is flexible & impactful, relying on an overall double-truck grid with the two major columns carrying the narrative, side-by side down the middle, flanked right and left by generous white space cut in with ephemera. The scheme is serviceable and logical, providing predictability and novelty at the same time.
The herculean effort of gathering and scanning or photographing the graphic exhibits and then retouching and presenting them in context could only be accomplished with the fanatical focus of a lifetime obsession.
The authorial style is wry, light, conversational, and delightfully free of both arm-waving and pulpit-pounding. If the authors have an axe to grind or a cult to sell, I don't what it could be. That in itself presents a formidable challenge to any author presuming to deal with such controversial material.
The extent of the research and scholarship involved is more than evident, and would qualify any author for a Ph.D.Read more ›
As I was reading I realized that the images included on each page served to highlight the nuances of a complex social phenomena like secret societies. An excerpt from an anti-Masonic pamphlet talking about their nefarious influence would be juxtaposed with a ridiculously mundane image from some bit of Masonic kitsch. By the end of the book you are very much left to your own devices to figure out how it all fits together. And if you're like me, wondering what local antique stores or flea markets might have similar tracing boards, posters, etc. as those featured in the book.
Parfrey and his co-author Craig Heimbichner bring out both the mystery and the mundanity of secret societies, and the book serves as one of the best introductions, that I've come across, to esoteric influence as it emerges in everyday life.
Seeing the skill at play in RA, it now gladdens me even more that my "Senior Quote" way back in highschool was carefully chosen from Apocalypse Culture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This overlong, unstirred stew of a book uncritically throws all its sources together without actually discussing the impact of "secret brotherhoods" (mostly Freemasonry) on... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lloyd Worley
Freemasons, love 'em or hate 'em, this is an encyclopedia of all things masonic. Good for pop diva stage craft and conspiracy theorist a like. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SarahNP
If you want to see how your grandfather bonded with other men back in the day then you need to see this. Large and copious amount of info and pics.Published 11 months ago by Joe O
I would be giving this book a favorable review if the title were simply changed by a few words.
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Such a cool book. Must have spent months putting info together. Such a evil society we live in.Published 13 months ago by Lisa
Something you can pick up at any time and read a section. Interesting details and a long list I never knew existed!Published 23 months ago by Alice M. Steuck Konkel
Very interesting and concise information relevant to the many organizations, clubs and fraternities within America. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Johnny Colon
An interesting and captivating book of history displayed by exposing a history of very private public orders, their members, their goals, the people that make up this diverse group... Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Gary Michael Willens