In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.
History is more than a list of things that have happened; it's a measure of consciousness and experience. And in The Secret History of the World, Booth's take on history is relentless, charging through time and space and thought in interdisciplinary fashion. Embracing cognitive science, religion, psychology, historiography, and philosophy, he draws a new timeline, and a huge swath of our cultural heritage that has long been hidden is restored. From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Don Quixote, from George Washington to Hitler - Booth shows without a doubt that history as we know it needs a revolutionary rethink, and he has 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up.
©2008 Mark Booth; (P)2008 Tantor
As as an author and student of esoteric history myself, I wasn't really expecting to learn anything new from this book, but I was happily surprised. What Mark Booth accomplished so deftly was the the tying together of the long and divergent aspects of the secret history of the world into a single, coherent story about the evolution of consciousness. And his observations about the importance of certain historical figures were sometimes quite stunning. I'm a non-believer, and while I've always thought of Jesus as a charismatic man, great teacher, and someone crucial to the history of civilization, Booth's assertion that he was pivotal in the evolution of human psychology -- being the first person to espouse the virtue of an individual loving one's fellow man -- hit me like a brick. Likewise, I've always been peeved at Freud for his male-centric theories, but Mark Booth points out that Freud introduced the world to the notion of the subconscious. Suddenly these two figures (as well as several others) assumed their rightful positions in the evolution of human thought. This book is jam-packed with facts and is sometimes a bit dense, but it's never dull. I suggest if you start feeling bogged down, skip ahead a little. You'll surely find yourself immersed in something fascinating in the next chapter. The reader, John Lee, has a very cultured British accent. I liked it very much.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The audiobook starts off with a highly unusual story of creation, providing some unconventional versions of the story of creation as presented in the Bible. It goes on to integrate classical mythology, spirituality and eventually, a not-so-secret "secret society" testimony on how the world got to where it is.
It doesn't shy away from attacking conventional norms about human life and nature, which could upset plenty of people. All in all, it is worth listening to if you want to know what some people secretly believe. Mileage may vary.
The author has provided a thouroughly well researched history of esoterica, but you might find he's occassionally drawing unfounded conclusions unless you have a background in this subject.
He argues this topic as a polemic. He wants to convince the reader of his point of view, which is extremely well done, but rationally off the mark in a few areas. I'm going to make a few leaps here myself that people will not understand unless they are well versed in Gnosticism.
First, he argues for a "Mind First, Matter Second" perspective on our universe. This is a clear understanding of Mystery School dualism, but it makes the same mistakes they did, as well. To leap to the end of it all, here it is: The Infinite. It shook up the Mystery Schools pretty well, too. Once the infinite is proved, this dualsim is made moot. Mind and Matter are ultimately one thing.
Materialism is once again useful in an infinite and perfect universe. Infinite perfection is rationalized by Descartes, proven geometrically by the Reiman Sphere and the resultant infinite dualities are resolved via a Helgelian dialectical operation which uses the Golden Mean as the constant.
I wrote a book on this topic and it's available at Amazon for your Kindle. Search for my name: Russell Martocci if you would like to know more of my thinking on this topic.
author of the historic novel 'Fort Ross'
It's really a great journey through the spirituality of a humankind. I was reluctant to buy, at first, due to all those negative reviews on the Amazon. But, I am glad I bought it. Mark Booth did a magnificent job in research and study of the subject. But what is more important, he is so confident in his knowledge, that his explanation is very logic and will considered.
Not for everybody, of course. As we live in a country of a radical Christianity, I wouldn't recommend that book for those, who still believe that human history began 7 thousand years ago... You are simply not ready. In your next incarnation, may be...
Lots of information from an original viewpoint.
Listened to it several times.
I wish I could hear more from this author on any of the many threads that this book leads to.
First, if you are the author and you are reading this review...thank you sincerely. An amazing book and most appreciated. It has answered questions I have had all my life and put me on a path that I have looked for a long time.
Second...when I read some of these reviews I am a little suspicious because it sounds like they never even read the book. I had to look twice to make sure I was on the right page. It sounds like they are talking about a some other book entirely. Yes, you probably do need to have some depth and have some degree of intellect to appreciate the amazing work written and the research done.
I almost didn't buy this book based on the negative reviews. I'm pleased I ignored the reviews. This book is Captivating and Thought Provoking! I Highly recommend it to "Truth Seekers" everywhere. Loved it!
Did mind come before matter or matter before mind? The author suggests a secret history running through esoteric traditions and secret societies which has influenced some of the worlds greatest thinkers. These thinkers, he asserts, have adopted the philosophy of Idealism, famously set forth by Plato, in which the world is mental or comprised of consciousness.
The work is a heroic attempt to synthesize thousands of years of permutations of such a philosophy up to the present day and to do so in such a way that is easily digestible to a modern reader. This attempt requires the author at moments to paint with a broad strokes pointing readers in directions for their own, later research.
An interesting read for those interested in examining modern materialism, esoteric Christianity, kabbalistic thought, truths hidden in plain sight in our myths & architecture and how materialism has influenced the origins aims of secret societies.
Lots of great information although a bit dry in the beginning. Definitely worth finishing. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in esoteric philosophy and some of history's greatest contribution in ways not formally written about in historical text. I have lots of follow on research to do! :-)
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