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A Nice but Biased Historical Review
on September 22, 2010
This book provides a nice overall review of the early founding of the United States from the biased perspective of a Freemason member, identifying those historical figures who were Masons and providing a context for which Freemasonry was intertwined with at least some of our early American history. This book is by the same author of Freemasonry for Dummies - Christopher Hodapp - so if you're looking to explore a bit of what Freemasonry is all about, no need to repeat my mistake & purchase both books. The author's pro-Freemasonry bias is, at times, a bit annoying and its a shame that the editors didn't reign in the personal bias a bit more, but then again, Freemasonry is one of those things that it is difficult to find someone informed who is also not biased either way. All-in-all its a good read and gives the reader a good, overall perspective of the history and public-face aspects of this "secret society". The author repeatedly states that the Masons are not a secret society and yet also emphasizes the sworn oath to protect the society's secrets or risk death, leaving the reader to really wonder just how truthful the author is being throughout the book. Overall, it provides a counter-balance to the so-called Dan Brown syndrome of Masons-as-devil-incarnates. One note of caution: my copy of the book is missing pages 85-132 and has pages 132-180 duplicated, so it is possible I am missing some critical "facts", so check your copy of the book immediately upon receiving to see if the QA problems of the publisher have been resolved in your copy.