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on July 13, 2007
I am an active Freemason for more than 4 decades. Bro. Hodapp's work is the first well written account of the philosophical thinking that led to the formation of a common man's democracy. This is the reference book that teachers need to read and public schools use in their American History classes. There are countless books written by non-masons on the origin of America but non give credit to the Freemasons for their ideas such as freedom, public schools, constitutions, bill of rights, and government by vote of those who owned land.

Karl Grube, Ph.D., President - Bonisteel Masonic Library - Ann Arbor
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on April 9, 2007
Without question this book is sure to become a classic for Freemasons or those interested in Freemasonry. Incredibly well written based on extensive research and with a detailed bibliography to support the thesis. RWB Hodapp unfolds a tale that spans centuries of politics and characters in a smooth narrative that keeps the reader turning each page anxious to find out 'what happened next'.

Solomon's Builders covers the history and influence of Freemasonry in the founding of the United States and links the institution firmly within the enlightenment ideals that were spreading like wildfire around the globe; largely spread through Masonic lodges dispensing their own form of democracy and equality in every land.

This book is being marketed in hopes of taking advantage of the hype that will likely surround Dan Brown's next book 'Solomon's Key'. I can only encourage every person who reads Browns next work of fiction to turn to RWB Hodapp's well documented non-fiction presentation of the real story behind the myth.
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on February 5, 2007
It is refreshing to finally read a book on Freemasonry, written by a freemason. In his new book "Solomon's Builders", Christopher Hodapp presents traditions, explainations on masonry, history of famous freemasons and dispelling myths of Washington D.C. and its buildings regarding freemasons. Several recent books, fictional and non-fiction alike, have used symbols and ritual explainations of Freemasonry but wrongly or half truths. Without sharing signs or symbols reserved for those who seek Masonic membership, Hodapp brings the reader to an understanding of the Masonic world for the mason and non-mason alike.

If novels about masonry are leaving you wondering about Freemasonry, then read "Solomon's Builders" for reliable information.
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on June 8, 2007
SOLOMON'S BUILDERS: FREEMASONS, FOUNDING FATHERS AND THE SECRETS OF WASHINGTON, D.C. deserves repeated and ongoing mention as an excellent survey of Freemason influences on United States history. It's hard to neatly peg this guide: it could go under new age or American history as neatly as in spirituality sections - so any library covering any of these topics needs SOLOMON'S BUILDERS, which presents a Freemason's tour of Washington D.C. and charts Masonic influence during the construction of America, from national monuments and symbolism in city streets to temples and keys to religious insights.
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on September 10, 2007
This is by the same author that wrote Freemasonry For Dummies. Both books are very informative and enjoyable to read if you interested in freemasony or just history of the United States
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on October 30, 2008
I really enjoyed this book. I've been reading Chris Hodapp's works for a while now and enjoy his style. He adds enough detail needed to make his points grounded in context, but it is not nearly as detailed or entrenched in volumes of history like Born In Blood.

He covers the founding of Freemasonry in the USA, as well as the Masonic influences (and addressing of some conspiracies) in the framing of the US government and establishment of the Capitol City, Washington DC.

This book is not a difficult read, and easily digested.
It can serve as a good starting point for historians and Masons interested in the origin of The Craft in the USA as well.
Well done!
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VINE VOICEon November 21, 2007
This title sheds a great deal of light on the Masonic myths surrounding our nation's capitol. With an easy-to-read style and a factual storehouse of Masonic information, Hodapp delivers another insightful book for 21st century readers. He is anticipating the release by Dan Brown of "The DaVinci Code" sequel, which is to focus on Freemasonry and the beginnings of Washington D.C. Before any misunderstandings or misrepresentations of the order can take root and grow, Hodapp describes in detail the many ties between Freemasonry and the founding of the nation's capitol. He also informs the reader of what ties DON'T exist, dispelling myths that have arisen over the years.

This book is an excellent read. I recommend it highly to Masons and non-Mason alike. It's well-worth the price.
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on March 20, 2007
This book deals with America's Founding Father's and their Freemasonry. It also delves into the City of Washington, DC and the role Freemasons had in building, designing and living in it. I really enjoyed this book! I regretted reading the last page. I wanted it to continue! Overall, an excellent book covering an extremely interesting topic.
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on December 29, 2014
This is a very informative book. It presents a very in depth history of the founding fathers of US. The writer emphasized how rightousness features in freemasonary, how freemasons value everyone. The little stories about the characters made reading interesting. However, the writer shied away from explaining the no female policy.
The writer also failed to explain why the christian bible was used in freemason ceremony. It contradicts all~religion~welcome doctrine.

Apart from them, the book is a good read.
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on February 18, 2015
This is an excellent book written by someone who knows what he is talking about. Christopher Hodapp does a very good job casting light on the Founding Fathers' Masonic connections. If you are interested in U.S. history, this is an excellent read.

Hodapp fairly and accurately discusses the history of Freemasonry in America, the lives of many important early American Freemasons, and the building of our nation. He also does a good job breaking down many misconceptions about Masonry, both pro and anti. Hodapp cuts through much of the romanticism and lays out documented facts. The illustrations in the book make it that much better.

I consider this one of the top books ever written about Freemasonry in Colonial America.
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