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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585426628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585426621
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society's program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Back in print at last, America's place in the essential progress of civilization is emphasized as the story unfolds of how our continent was set aside for the great experiment of enlightened self-government. Drawing upon often neglected fragments of history, evidence is presented which indicates that the seeds of this plan for the founding of America were planted one thousand years before the beginning of the Christian era. Whether discussing the symbolism of the Great Seal of the U.S.S or the mysterious stranger who swayed the signers of the Declaration of Independence, here is a book sure to fascinate. It shows how the brilliant plan of the ancients, concealed from the common view, has survived to the present day and will continue to function until the great work is accomplished. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Manly P. Hall (1901-1990) founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934, a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of useful knowledge in the fields of philosophy, comparative religion and psychology. In his long career, spanning more than 70 years of dynamic public activity, Mr. Hall delivered over 8000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.

Many of Mr. Hall's lectures have been transcribed and are available as pamphlets; others were taped live, and the audio recordings are available on CD's as well. He is perhaps best known for his 1928 classic, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages," an encyclopedia of the world's wisdom traditions and symbolic disciplines.

Today, younger generations are re-discovering the works and words of Manly Hall, finding that the material he put forth so many years ago is still relevant and useful today. Mr. Hall's hope for humanity was to learn from the greatest minds of all times so that we may solve current problems - both in society and in the individual - today.

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A VERY interesting read.
parent and teacher
This book of his is no different and is about an immensely important topic, the significance of which few are really aware of.
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I have been reading Hall and his books are very intelligent and enlightening.
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210 of 228 people found the following review helpful By rareoopdvds VINE VOICE on February 13, 2000
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Manly Hall's book on the hidden destiny of america is a well written and easy to read book of America as the Neoplatonic Utopia. Citing from rare and obscure references you will discover some amazing ideas of a land not born in history until some 500 or more years later. The book starts out in Ancient Egypt with Aknaten, as he declares the first democrat. Hall then states that the Greeks did at one time sail to America and got as far as the Great Lakes. The book also deals largely with prophecies. That of Atlantis, Nastradamus, Lord Bacon, Plato, and other more 'silent' prophets. The one particular aspect of this book that I really enjoyed is that Manly Hall really appreciates books and knowledge. He values them to the utmost degree (see his Great Books on Religion and Esoteric Philosophy). In the course of this literature he states that its not the facts that matter, but rather there is another point of view of history that we may not be aware of. This is just another one and to take it as gosepel truth is to miss the point entirely. Its to keep our imagination rolling and our eyes open that we can see the [personal] utopia. He goes on saying that America is the lost Utopia, or the never found utopia that so many people have been searching for or speculating in theory. Among the famous people that founded this country of whom all of which were involved in Freemasonry or other Secret Occult Societies. Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and perhaps even Christopher Columbus. It is clear Manly P. Hall knows his materials and the content within them. Highly reccomended for anyone learning about utopias, American history, Manly Hall readers, Freemasonry and Secret Society.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Willson on August 7, 2007
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Prolific author Manly P Hall's life work was getting to the bottom of stores of historical, hidden, fundamental knowledge of human life on earth. Here he chronicles the efforts of quiet real leaders of human/social/political/human spiritual development from pre-history to the end of World War II. In the United States Of America, he tells of the reason for the establishment of an entirely new type nation in a new world which is to be a model, mentor and guide to other nations which have people aspiring to the universal and common human goal of liberty and self determination. To wit: "WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed...." As he wrote at the end of WWII, it seemed to Hall that humanity had at last a solid hold on a corner of the goal. It is terrifying (to me) to see our government racing madly backwards toward a "Directorship" heedless of the agonizingly won and saved freedom we uniquely cherished as a light to struggling peoples and a human spiritual (not sectarian) guide and help to right and happy living on earth. Is "America" over?
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126 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 16, 2006
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This is a fantastic book. I have been reading Hall and his books are very intelligent and enlightening. I have little doubt that what he writes here is true. I do fear however that this vision of America becoming an enlightened nation has been lost in a cloud of greed. America is now a large corporation where the rest of the world has placed it's stake. Look at our nation, we are now a nation of obese, greedy, lazy, uneducated, and apathetic slobs. We are caught in what I call Celebrity-ism (in wich we idolize and obsess with celeberties and their every move)and drowning in materialism. It is sad really. Maybe one day we will re-awaken to fufill the Secret Destiny of America.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Malach VINE VOICE on August 16, 2009
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In this book, Manly P. Hall gives a glimpse into how the U.S. and its democratic system of government were planned long before America was even colonized. It also tells of the obscure people behind the scenes who secretly helped form our governing laws and documents.

The enlightened members of the secret societies, which have existed for thousands of years, understood the secret destiny of civilization: a world democracy through cooperation, education, spirituality and social conduct. It is essentially a Neoplatonic Utopia. Representatives from these groups migrated to the U.S. at early dates and set up their organizations.

This occurrence is evident by the people who worked behind the scenes like Francis Bacon, who laid out the plans for America in his book, New Atlantis 150 years earlier, to Ben Franklin and many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who were Freemasons. Sir William Pope predicted through Astrology that George Washington would lead the colonies to freedom and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, four decades before it happened.

There are some great quotes in the book. One of the best is from Solon: "In the ideal State laws are few and simple, because they have been derived from certainties. In the corrupt State laws are many and confused, because they have been derived from uncertainties.

Great book, easy read.
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