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The Secret History of the World Audible – Abridged

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Format: Hardcover
I stumbled upon this book at Barnes and Nobles. It introduced me to ideas I have never heard of before, important ideas such as the mind before matter universe. It also came at spirituality from a historical point of view which I had never experienced before in a book. Maybe there are flaws in Booth's research or disagreements over technical points but overall, I believe he is trying to create a consciousness and curiosity in readers which I believe he succeeds in doing. This is not a book about conspiracy theories as one would think of conspiracy theories. He does not spend a lot of time on the Illuminati etc. This is just an overview of what certain historical people have believed. This theme gets repetitious and I wish the information in the book was presented a little less jumbled. I feel it was probably published too soon, like if they would have spent more time editing and revising it, the book would have been better. I am giving it four stars based on the book's ability to make me think in a different light and because I appreciate the author's attempt to take on such an encompassing task as recounting the world's history from a completely different point of view.
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Format: Hardcover
To understand this book it is necessary a couple of things. First an understanding that this book is not for everybody and that it cannot be understood by everybody. Second, you cannot grasp this book without having yourself immersed in occultism and having been a member of a secret society or western mystery schools (Just type this in google and you will find out that there are many). Third, at the beginning the book Mr. Booth invites you to take part on an IMAGINATIVE exercise. Fourth, in the academic study of religion there are actually two types of histories considered; the secular or academic history, which is based on actual events that happened and can be proven scientifically through archeology; and sacred history, which takes as true and factual the events that are exposed in the sacred books like the Bible (Old and New testament) and the Koran among many others, which normally form the basis of faith, believes and dogmas of the followers. This book presents a third, subjective and related more to the evolution of our consciousness, which have been presented in secret societies or passed down as mysteries or mythology through the ages.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
All the reviews which pan this book are right. There are inconsistencies in the text and the book is chock full of ideas with not one footnote. So what? This book attempts to recreate human history from what the author terms an "idealist" perspective. I would prefer to call it an "enlightened" perspective. The world is dreamstuff and human history is part of the dream. The human sense of ego self is a relatively new phenomenon in the progression of the dream. Booth spins Jung, Plato, Jesus, Buddha, Newton, and countless other thinkers into a magical souffle which is generously sprinkled with "Ah-Ha's" too numerous to count.

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.
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The premises of this book are admirable, it's scope humunguous. I would have loved to love it. For all the admiration I feel for the effort put in this book it left me more irritated than satisfied. The structure is a shamble. There are many instances of genious, but they are heavily eroded by as many unfinished or simply mish-mash parts. And then there are lots of errors and unchecked facts. There are so many mistakes in the spelling of names and titles that sometimes I felt the errors themselves are a kind of a cipher. For someone unfamiliar with the field this book propably feels more like rant than history. For someone well versed in the esoterica it is at places embarrassingly amateurish. And then there are the off-hand, grandiose claims. Like when Mr. Black says "many of these secrets are here revealed for the first time". No they are not. In the selected bibliography the author thinks "some of these books have not been read by anyone for a hundred years". Not even nearly true. There is value too, but compared to similar tomes like Pauvel's and Bergier's Morning of the Magigians or Blavatsky's Isis Unveiled this book has huge problems. And compared to the cool erudition of Joseph Campbell's The Masks of God that covers mostly the same ground, this book is sadly lacking in scholarhip and style. And in the very end when the author starts a long-winded and downright silly speculation about the coming birth date of the Anti-Christ, I almost shat my pants in frustration. But, as said, I still respect the effort and promise to keep an eye on future work by Mr. Black.
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