Robbins (Quarterlife Crisis) begins by setting readers up with the ridiculous myth of Yale's Skull and Bones, an exclusive society whose powerful members including both presidents Bush are sworn to secrecy for life about the club's activities: the myth says that the society's members form a clique that rules the world. Robbins then proposes demystifying the group. On the one hand, she propagates the myth, spelling out how Bonesmen have promoted one another in enormously successful political and business careers; they presided over the creation of the atomic bomb as well as the CIA, she says. On the other hand, Robbins turns up much that is prosaic, as she traces the society's origins back to 1832, when William Russell founded it as retribution for a classmate's having been passed over by Phi Beta Kappa; she discovers that the club's cryptic iconography is derived from German university societies. She reveals the inventory of the Tomb (an evocative name for what is essentially a frat house) and details about the group's oddly juvenile fraternal ritual. The narrative never gets more dramatic than Robbins staking out the Tomb for President George W. Bush during Yale's tercentennial celebrations in 2002, and while she relies heavily on the testimony of many Bonesmen, she never names names. While the book may demystify Skull and Bones, it also imparts the sense that Robbins, herself a Yale graduate and member of a rival society, believes in Yalies' elitist entitlement to power and prestige.
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Robbins, herself a Yale graduate and secret society member, aims to debunk the myth of one of the oldest secret societies, Skull and Bones. She begins with a superstitious, melodramatic account that suggests the society is both immensely rich and so powerful that it influenced politics. What follows is an extremely detailed account that traces the history of Yale and that of secret societies in general and that of Bones in particular, founded in 1832. Fifteen initiates, who are often among the smartest and most talented in their class, are tapped their junior year. They are initiated in the tomb (the Bones headquarters) and taken on a retreat to Bones-owned Deer Island, off the coast of New York. Much like a fraternity, Bones has many secret rituals and traditions. Robbins reveals some of these--special "Bones" names, the Bonesmen's theft of the bones of Geronimo. She also names some of the members, including both George Bush and George W. Bush. An interesting study, though the casual reader might find it too detailed. Kristine Huntley
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Not for me. I read some reviews and I do not care for this kind of book. I thought it would be a fiction and maybe part of it is. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Leona Olson
Well written, informative, entertaining. Many Bonesman have risen to power through this organization. You can judge for yourself
In enjoyed it so much I will read it again.
My husband loves the book. Shipping and delivery were prompt.Published 10 months ago by Martha W. Ryzak
Clearly, this is a book written for informed American readership alone.
Whilst the first few chapters were okay, the later chapters seemed to get bogged down in an endless... Read more
This book’s preface, entitled ‘The Legend of Skull and Bones,’ sets the stage for a thriller by recounting precisely what most so-called conspiracy theorists believe about Skull &... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marvin D. Pipher
good book. fast delivery. but there was a lot more wear and tear than anticipated. also didnt know it would be an old library copy, was giving this as a gift and it was laminated... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by heather dunigan
A fun read about something we know very little about, great for airplane travel or a Sunday afternoon, feet up, cosmo sipping kind of read...I fear I have said too muchPublished on January 24, 2013 by A. L. Branson