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The Secrets of the Freemasons
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2008
Mr. Bradley may not be a bad man but he did write a bad book on Freemasonry as far as accuracy is concerned. Why, for two reasons: Number one- it is common to find historical and systematic errors on Freemasonry/Masonic procedures in EXPLOITIVE material of this kind. And two: Because the TRUE SECRETS of Freemasonry cannot be committed to paper and will not be found in any book!! For a fair treatment of the subject, read books by the late John J. Robinson,(who wrote about Freemasonry before he became a Mason-smile), Robert L.D. Cooper, S.Brent Morris, W. Kirk MacNulty, and Arturo de Hoyos, just to name a few. These Authors know the subject of Freemasonry very well without using SENSATIONALISM and will give you the pros and cons regarding it so that you may fairly make up your own darn mind about it. Enuff said.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2009
Though I attempted to read this book with an open mind, from the moment I read the back cover's explanation that the book would "explore the darker side" of Masonry, to include the Craft's "world manipulation," I had a feeling that this would be another in the growing number of dissapointing books on the subject. And I was, unfortunately, correct.
The author goes to great lengths to illustrate all of the great awful things connected to Freemasonry over the centuries, while adding precious little about the fact that most of his material has either been disproven or is completely inaccurate. For instance, Thomas Jefferson, while a true patriot and a POSSIBLE Mason, has never been proven definitively to have been a Brother regardless of the many times the author mentions Mr. Jefferson as one. The Officer in charge of the investigation into the Jack the Ripper killings had the phrase, "The juwes are the men that will not be blamed for nothing" scrubbed off of the wall where it was found (blocks away from the murder scene, NOT on the wall above the third victim), to quell any possible mob violence directed against the Jewish population in the city. And if one were to simply READ an actual history of the Templar Order, one would see that they bacame powerful not because of their all-powerful secret, but because the Order was formed by men who were experienced in the customs of both the Holy Land and of Europe, men who also has shrewd minds for business, and who were each men of high standing in society to begin with. These are just a few of the easily refutable "facts" found within these pages.
While it is true that the author puts to paper many of the supposed "secrets" of the Craft, including secret handshakes and words, these can be found with a simple internet search, and are only secret in that Freemansons do not openly speak of them. The rest of this book is a painful attempt by the author to fill enough pages with randomly glued-together pieces of information (that can also be found, and refuted, with a simple internet search) to justify getting paid by his publisher. I mean, really? The goat-head pentagram on the dollar spelling the word MASON? If you draw a cross on the same symbol, you can spell the word "octads," which MUST be a reference to some binary-code cult from ancient times! I know that it's pedantic and juvenile, but technically it does work. And that's about as serious as one can take anything found in this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
Upon purchasing the book, instantly the attractive cover design and stylish parchment-stlye pages are appealing in a puerile fashion, but that didn't stop me...I'm only nineteen! The book is extremely interesting. With minimal knowledge of the Masons but a huge interest in it's secrecy and history, I found this book interesting, albeit simultaneously dubious. I didn't take any of the facts as actuality, but just read them with interest.

The writer seems inexpert in writing, but does a nice job. It must be understood that these are the authors ideas and opinions, and at no point states that his writings are fact. It should also be noted that he (rather obviously) is NOT a Freemason, himself.

I've noticed many low ranked reviews for this book, each of which I read and each of which seemed to be written by a Mason, I am no Mason, but find it compelling that they each deny any that this book holds any truth. This could be taken two ways: They speak honestly...or, the more interesting and captivating answer, is that these men are plainly denying their secrets. If I were a part time magician to pay my college fees (which I was), I would give poor reviews to those who spoil the secret of my tricks and illusions openly on Youtube, as I would take it as an offence. I'm afraid this answer only causes more interest for myself, but I accept that I will never know the truth. Unless the rare chance arises that I may be worthy to join. But for me, not knowing, only enhances my thirst for more knowledge. A thirst of which I happily attempt to appease.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
The book was informative. My husband is interested in learning about this and I purchased it hoping it would do the job...he loves it.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2010
Being a Freemason myself, I should have known better than to buy this book just by looking at the title and cover art. But the book itself is visually appealing, with an attractive cover and beautifully illustrated pages which look like old parchement paper. But my wife and kids were in a hurry so I bought the book without a closer look. The book is written by a non-Mason, which is fine with me because I have read some very objective, well reasearched, unbaised books which are written by non-Masons that I have enjoyed reading, such as Jasper Ridley's "The Freemasons," and H. Paul Jeffers "Freemasons: Inside the World's Oldest Secret Society." However, I was saddened when I quickly realized that this book is not objective in any possible way. Bradley presents an issue and then supports the anti-masonic point of view, every time! Sure those Mason's are horrible people, how could Washington, Franklin, Churchill, Bolivar, the Roosevelts, Truman, Mozart, etc., be anything but bad for the world? When I looked in the back of the book for research references, guess what? THERE AREN'T ANY! There is only a list of books for recommended reading, such as.."Should a Christian be a Mason?" I have a degree in History, and if you write a supposedly factual book without references then your book should not be published because it is not a scholarly work, it is just the author's personal opinion, and Bradley's opinion is the same old tired Satanic-conspiracy-fear-mongering-sensationalism that we have all heard before. There is nothing new here, absolutely nothing original even, and no scholarly work whatever, he is just regurgitating what has been written by so many other anti-Masons all these years. Bradley obviously has an agenda,... and that's a shame.
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on January 2, 2015
A book for true SEEKERS!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I saw this book at Barnes & Noble and was flipping through it. I was instantly enthralled with the information inside. It was a fast easy read with a lot of names and dates and pictures to give you an idea of who the Freemasons are. It blew my mind... so I bought a second copy for a friend. I got it on Amazon instead of Barnes & Noble because - of course - it's cheaper here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
This is nothing new. Some guy thought he'd capitalize on the secretive nature of freemasonry and make it sound like he has all the gossip. Unfortunately none of the content in this book is a real masonic secret. As another reviewer mentioned, there is no way to communicate a masonic secret in a way that would be intelligible to a non-mason. This book conveniently ignores that fact.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2015
This book is awful. I would have rated it No Stars, if I could. My copy had an Autographed Copy sticker on the front cover but there was no autograph inside the book unless it is secretly hidden somewhere in the artwork in the book or was signed with invisible ink.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I have taken a good look at this "book" (meaning that it makes the definition by its form). Save your money and find ANY OTHER Masonic book to read. It's level of inaccuracies are astounding. From basic misunderstandings to full-fledged fiction, this book is good for the campside, that is if you run out of wood, toss this book in. As a Master Mason who takes pride in the Craft and its positive impacts, this book is the National Enquirer and Star in a book. Shame on the content. Shame.
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