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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592574904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592574902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., 33°, is managing editor of the largest-circulation Masonic magazine in the world, the Scottish Rite Journal of the Supreme Council, 33°, S.J. A former mathematician with the federal government, he’s been invited to lecture at over 100 universities, has taught at Duke and Johns Hopkins Universities, and is currently on the graduate faculty at George Washington University.

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Very good reading to stay informed and up to date on everything.
ALLEN R. TURNER
It contains a great amount of information in a simple to understand form.
Igor Shpak
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a true interest in masonry.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chesbro on May 16, 2006
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Like most of the books in the `Complete Idiot's Guide' series, Dr. S. Brent Morris,' "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry" gives a well-written overview and introduction to its topic: the history and practice of Freemasonry.

The book is divided into five major sections, consisting of 18 chapters and additional appendices.

Part 1: The Basic Organization of Freemasonry

1. What Is Freemasonry

2. The Birth of the Masonic Fraternity

3. The Beginnings of American Freemasonry

4. The Emergence of Modern American Masonry

5. African American Freemasonry

6. Masonic Regularity

Part 2: The Eastern Star, the York Rite, and the Scottish Rite

7. Woman and Freemasonry

8. The York Rite

9. The Scottish Rite

Part 3: Building Higher, Having Fun, and Doing More

10. Even More Masonic Organizations

11. Masonic "Fun" and Youth Groups

12. Masonic Philanthropies

Part 4: Masonic Myths and Misunderstandings

13. Albert Pike: Sovereign Pontiff of Masonic Mythology

14. Searching for Hidden Masonic Symbols

15. Masonic Mythology: Knights Templar and Egypt

16. Religious Concerns About Freemasonry

Part 5: A Field Guide to Masonic Symbols and Jewelry

17. Masonic Symbols

18. Masonic Regalia

Appendixes:

A. Glossary

B. Further Reading, Websites, and Contact Information

C. Masonic Rituals

D. Famous Freemasons

Index

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry is well-written and easy to read, being easily read from cover to cover within a single day.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dr. C. H. Roberts on July 15, 2006
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Dr. Morris has done the world of Freemasonry a great service by writing this book and, through his erudition and scholarship, he has also advanced the cause of knowledge and learning generally, for which everyone ought to be thankful. This is by far the BEST, one volume reference book on Freemasonry published to date. It is an excellent, all purpose book. It covers all aspect of American and international Freemasonry, it discusses, history, rituals, anti-Masonry, and even includes a photo section classifying and explaining a wide assortment of Masonic symbols, emblems, and regalia. Perfect for the non-Mason who wants to know "what's really going on," perfect for the new Master Mason seeking more light, and equally perfect for longtime members of the Craft who have forgotten more than they knew, and wish to have a handy, easy to read but astonishingly thorough book on hand. Thank you, Brent Morris, for this superbly done book. Highly recommended to all!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Edward Lyon on January 1, 2008
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I have been a Freemason for over five years and have read over 40 Freemason related books. This book is the first one that comprehensively covers the entire Masonic field. I often lend this book to friends who are considering joining a Masonic Lodge.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Ratcliff on November 30, 2007
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I enjoyed this book greatly, as a new Mason I found it gave helpful information and helped answer some of my wife's questions and concerns about the Lodge. Not a complete history, based on other research I have done, but a good concise history.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brother Tarikh on May 12, 2007
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This book (don't let the IDIOT series fool you) was a very interesting offering by S. Brent Morris. Morris is the co-writer of another, well-written book, Is It True What they Say About Freemasonry. He delivers the same clear and consise approach to this book. I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in knowing AND understanding the world of Freemasonry (minus the conspiracy theory-tinged hyperbole that floats around the internet as fact).

Tarikh Bandele'
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John C. Sherwood on May 29, 2007
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I'm acquainted with the author and know first-hand what an astonishing wealth of information is in his head -- not to mention the information to which he has access through his connections within the fraternity. In this book, you are getting, admittedly, an overview -- the tip of the iceberg -- but the book also provides generous glimpses at the large amount of the iceberg that exists beneath the surface. As a non-Mason, I gained great insight into the workings and background of the Masonic fraternity as well as its role in history. Now that I'm acquainted with many other Masonic works, I can't imagine a better introduction.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melinda A. Downing on January 18, 2007
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This was a Christmas gift for my husband who is very new to Masonary. He is enjoying it very much, is easy to read and also giving him lots of information he has not received thru his lodge
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Just another Widow's Son on December 22, 2009
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If you are at all interested in the world's oldest fraternity, this is a must-have book. It follows the same, easy-to-read format as all the other idiot's guide series. If you aren't familiar with this series, I highly recommend them for their easy-to-read and refer-back-to formats.

This is a great all-around resource that touches on all the major bases of the group's history and internal organization. If I have a criticism, it's that it feels like the text spends more time talking about how Freemasonry is organized--especially with the history of the appendant bodies--than about what the organization actually does.
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