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Secret Societies...and How They Affect Our Lives Today Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 11, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401916759
  • ASIN: B003D7JX8C
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,968,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sylvia Browne is the #1 New York Times best-selling author and world-famous psychic medium who appears regularly on the Montel Williams Show and Larry King Live, as well as making countless other media and public appearances. With her down-to-earth personality and great sense of humor, Sylvia thrills audiences on her lecture tours and has still had time to write nine immensely popular books so far.


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For me this book was very interesting.
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Not saying that Ms Browne doesn't have some interesting information but a lot of it is really personal opinions.
Jack Nichols
As it will open your eyes to what is really happening to this world.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Hagen on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've read a lot of Sylvia Browne's works, and a number of them resonate with me very powerfully. So I will admit I am prejudiced in her favor to begin with.

Having said that, what you make of this book depends on what you come to it with. If you have NO background in conspiracies and secret societies, then this is a GREAT book to start you out. It is eminently readable, it gives a clear description of the various societies, and Sylvia tells what Francine, her spirit guide, has to say about each of them. Some of the comments I agree with, some I don't, but that's the nice thing: Sylvia doesn't say "Believe this, because I SAID SO," but rather, "If this resonates with you, take it and run; if it doesn't, and you're interested, then search further and figure out what you DO think." Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the mention of further readings on most of the subjects covered. There is so much CRAP out there on a lot of these issues that I appreciate someone who says, "Check this one out, it seems to be well-reasoned."

On the other hand, if you've already got a good basic knowledge of this sort of thing, this book really doesn't add much to it. So if you're looking for an in-depth look at the Trilateral Commission, or the Council on Foreign Relations, look elsewhere. (And like one of the other writers -- why nothin on the Bohemian Grove group??)

So having said all that, I'm giving it 4 stars. It needs more depth in some places. Then again, if she covered everything extensively, she would have needed to put out an individual book twice this size for each of the secret societies covered!

Also, radical/fundamentalist Christians beware: What she has to say in here about Jesus is probably going to offend you. But then again, you're probably not going to read her stuff anyways.....
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Phil Reynolds on February 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had never read a Sylvia Brown book before so I had no particular expectations as to what I would find. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The entire book read like a bad Wikipedia article. There was little to no documentation, the sources she does cite are secondary and of questionable merit. Stunningly her publisher/editor had the nerve to refer to"Sylvia's research," This research could be compared with a high school or college freshman English paper. Her ability to churn out bestselling books assembly line style appears to reflect her skill in writing in a style that consistently attracts a specific audience and fan base. Despite her writing style it is still beguiling as to why she has such large following and even her own church. (despite her criticism of organized religion) The most ridiculous part of her book is where she claims to uncover a secret meta-society that controls all the other groups. In her "extensive" research she has found no one who has documented or even mentioned this group called the "Secret Coalition for American Nationalism" or SCAN. All her "research" and all the "web sites" she visited talked about every society but this one. Her only source of information about this organization is her imaginary friend Francine or as her editor puts it "her amazing communication with her spirit guide Francine." Conveniently this source cannot be confirmed or verified by anyone else. I wonder if I were to write a research paper on SCAN how I would cite Francine as a source. I mean if I was using the Chicago Manual of Style would it be a personal conversation with a ghost or some type of correspondence. Perhaps it would be a conversation with yourself or talking to yourself:

---Francine (imaginary friend or delusional discussion) with the author November 2005.

Anyway, this book is a waste of trees.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Flying Tiger on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, a very disappointing and superficial survey of secret societies. Don't expect any real secrets to be revealed here.

Poorly researched, with the source being a combination of other books, and suppositions from "her spirit guide Francine" ... which means you can't believe a word of it. I don't care what Francine thinks; I want someone who goes out there and does some proper research. Gee, if I could just quote my "spirit guide" I could crank out "non-fiction" books by the bushel.

Start with the beginning ... the chapter about "Skull and Bones" basically mentions it exists, and that it has had some powerful members. Other than the "tapping" there is nothing about the rituals or the secrets. Not even Francine was able to imagine some of these rituals, I suppose.

I've seen better writing and research from 10th graders. This is a fascinating subject, and deserves to be treated more seriously with more in-depth research.

The title is a misnomer; there are few secrets revealed, and in terms of how these societies affect our lives today, nothing.

Give this book a pass.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jack Nichols on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very basic for the information on secret societies. There are better books with more indepth information. Not saying that Ms Browne doesn't have some interesting information but a lot of it is really personal opinions. I would recommend holding off buying it new and wait till a good used book is available. Save some money,and don't feel quilty about it.
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