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Rule By Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commision, the Freemasons and the Great Pyramids Hardcover – April 26, 2000

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In this unconvincing potboiler, Marrs, who charged that conspiracies were behind the JFK assassination (Crossfire) and government cover-ups of the UFO phenomenon (Alien Agenda), now offers a sweeping view of world history through the warped prism of conspiracy theory. The world's richest and most powerful individuals, he opines, wield excessive influence over governments and news media through their control of multinational corporations and organizations he refers to as "secret societies," such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the international Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg group (which holds annual closed-door conferences around the globe). The aim of these "secret societies," suggests Marrs, is one-world government and centralized social control, and in this respect, he adds, all these groups and their offshoots carry the imprint of older secret brotherhoods, including Freemasonry and the Illuminati. Conspiracy buffs will have a field day wading through this morass, but other readers will remain unpersuaded by a tract that proceeds by way of innuendo, quotation of other conspiracy researchers' extremist opinions and unsubstantiated statement. Marrs squeezes into his procrustean framework the origins of WWI and WWII, Nazis' occult dabblings, the Russian Revolution, the Morgan and Rothschild banking dynasties and the Knights Templar, and he uncritically entertains a host of maverick theories. His conspiracy trail winds up back in Mesopotamia, as he plies territory mined by Zecharia Sitchin, who believes that extraterrestrials founded the earth's earliest civilizations. Ultimately, this mishmash lacks the semblance of plausibility that helped make Alien Agenda a bestseller. (Apr.)
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Jim Marrs is a celebrated journalist and the author of Alien Agenda and the New York Times bestseller Crossfire. He lives in Texas.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (April 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060193689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060193683
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Marrs is an award-winning journalist and author. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in journalism, Marrs worked for and owned several Texas newspapers before becoming an independent journalist/author. Marrs is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy, the basis for the Oliver Stone film JFK, and Rule by Secrecy. His in-depth overview of the UFO phenomenon, Alien Agenda, is the best-selling non-fiction book on UFOs in the world, having been translated into several foreign languages. He is a frequent guest on several nationwide radio talk-show programs and television programs.

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452 of 483 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Rice on May 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It may be true that there are other books out there by William Bramley, David Icke, and others that cover some of the same material that Mr. Marrs covers in this book but that isn't the whole story. Anyone that writes that you should save your money on this one has to make you think. I mean, I bought this book just because of the negative reviews I read to see if I would agree. After finishing the entire book I have to say this is a must read for the entire population of America. It seems to me that anyone saying it is just another boogie man story is either in denial or is following an agenda to keep this secret. It is a book of the facts that are out there for anyone to see. On some issues I simply couldn't believe the information I read so I searched out and found the book "Secrets of the Federal Reserve" by Eustace Mullins at my local library to confirm this authors claims. Several more times I found information I simply could not bring myself to believe and each time I found that Mr. Marrs is correct. There is no gray area here. Its black and white. Yes, Mr. Marrs quotes some of the more controversial authors, and yes, he shares his own views at times, but for the most part the entire book is a book of objective information interpretted just the way I would interpret it myself had I been the one who researched it. If you are the type that just can't let go of your own little paradigm of the Universe don't buy this book. It will shake you up. I have read books like this before but this is the best of the best to come out on this topic that I've seen.Read more ›
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109 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Elijah James on June 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know the who, how, and why of current events, you must read this book. Pages 26-27 alone, lists 29 public figures and their titles, all of which are involved in the secret societies which dictate our governments policies. The ultimate goal of this global conspiracy,(beyond the creation of mega wealth and power,) is one world government. Marrs takes us on a journey backward in time from our modern secret societies, such as the Trilateral Commission, the CFR, and Federal Reserve System, to the evolution of century old organizations. His fact laden commentary on the hidden agenda's of the elite, makes futurist authors such as Furland all the more credible. This is the best and most thoroughly researched book on the subject I have found. Do your own due diligence. Read this book. I would also recommend Icke, whitaker, and Furland.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Augustine Redux on August 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After listening to Jim Marrs on a couple of talk shows promoting his theories and new book, I looked forward with anticipation to reading the book. I have two major impressions:
1. The first two thirds of the book are excellent in re-capping the history of various secret societies. His conclusions are pretty convincing. But, I have read similar theorizing from numerous other authors, (Holy Blood, Holy Grail; Ancient Plan of Secret Societies, etc.) that the author does a credible job of summarizing. Not much original but a great job of synthesis.
2. My dissappointment with the latter part of the book is the discussion of all the esoteric theories such as Alien control of Secret Societies. While reading this section, I did not understand why he shouldn't have thrown a section on the Kingdom Of Evil, run by Satan himself and his personal control of these societies. My advice: Take the last few chapters with a grain of salt but re-read the first half of the book.
If you really want to move to the next level of this topic get a copy of "The Hope of the Wicked" by Ted Flynn, which was just published recently by Maxkol. Also, if you have a brain for detail and arcana read: "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. Eco has done an outstanding job of telling the whole story of Conspiracy with historical facts about secret societies and their operations today. It is a novel but in Eco's unique manner the truth is hidden but available in the pages of the story. It is all there. The challenge is for you to find the TRUTH.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
First off, let me say that one MUST have an open mind when reading this book, a trait obviously not possessed by some of its readers. I'm not saying you have to be an "X-Files" fan to read it...just be sure to go in with a completely objective perspective. Take everything in the book with a grain of salt, but remember to also take what you've learned in the past with a grain of salt. Personally, I believe the truth lies somewhere in between.
Marrs' descriptions and analysis of the relationships between the modern secret societies such as the CFR and the Trilateral Commission are mostly based on accepted and unexotic facts...his conclusions are hardly revolutionary, in that the facts speak for themselves, in ways that are immediately disturbing. Thankfully, the book takes no political side: personalities from both ends of the political spectrum are placed under scrutiny.
Towards the end of the book is where things get a little nuts. The possibility of humankind's origins being linked to extraterrestrials is discussed, but the argument is compelling, especially when one temporarily lets go of religious bias. The one weakness in this part of the book is the author's tendency to either wander from citing sources properly, or to present his own conclusions from undivulged research as fact...which one of these I do not know. It would probably be somewhat impractical in a book like this, but the use of footnotes as opposed to endnotes would have helped a lot, especially in my desire to look into some of these issues myself.
In any event, Marrs makes an extremely strong case for the true origins of modern religion, government, and who's running the show...
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