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Good beginners book
on October 19, 2007
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.....