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The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 10, 2008
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"Authentically mind-boggling." -- Kirkus
"Breathtaking glimpses into worlds that heretofore have been little explored." -- Foreward
"The one true guide to Western and Eastern esoteric societies from the Freemasons to the Rosicrucians." -- Salon.com
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I will tell you that this book has nothing to do with conspiracy theories but that some of its contents may be misunderstood as such when in fact certain stories are used to present or represent certain ideas exposed in the western mystery traditions. Please note that western mystery traditions are concerned with direct spiritual experiences of reality and of a supreme being, this books talks about this too. Do not expect techniques or guidance on practices, but do expect hints on where to further research all through the book.Read more ›
If you are looking for an intellectual history tome with lots of footnotes to ignore, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you are reasonably well read and want to sit down to play with someone who can make the lego blocks of the mind into some outrageously bold structures, this is the book for you.
Some people have given the author four stars for lack of citation, other have roundly criticized him for this same thing. I disagree and challenge anyone to review and read what the author lists as his sources. There is no doubt that the author has spent more than two decades researching the material for THIS book. In my opinion, some dissertations lack the level of research and dedication Mr. Booth has spent in preparation.
I do have one small criticism. While I like the narrative, at times I felt the author was too hesitant to divulge either his true intentions, or the true intentions of what was meant. Like a prize fighter who takes down his opponents while sitting on the bench, at times I wanted Mr. Booth to get in the ring and knock someone out. He takes a step in that direction near the end of the book, but I believe he could have done so throughout. An example would be his discussion of the Indian mystery schools and Sufism. While he mentions that "it has been observed", has he - the author - ever observed what he's describing? Has he seen a mystic stop his heart from beating or lower his blood pressure on command, or become invisible?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those with eyes to see & ears to hear.
I enjoyed reading it.
I usually don't post bad reviews about books, but I want to warn potentiaI purchasers. I hesitated about spending $11 on a ebook, and I wish I had followed my instincts. Read morePublished 21 days ago by S. Hale
This is a very good book. It is a fascinating way of looking at the world and at history. I, myself, have studied and practiced esotericism and found this book rather... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kelfuma
Totally garbled nonsense. No continuity .Keeps jumping from one topic to another. Would not recommend. Waste of time and money.Published 25 days ago by SANJAY KUMAR SINHA
This book is hilarious!
The author himself uses the word 'hilarious' on page 557 (in the 2010 Quercus editioin I have) where he lists a number of suggested Anti-Christs... Read more
Extraordinary and illuminating. Looks like the effect of deep studies. Very credible!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Drop what you're doing and read this now. Changes your perception of the world. Well written, brilliantly told. Five stars!Published 2 months ago by Adam R. Moore