Publisher's Summary

Take the mystery out of the Freemasons. Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best-selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. With new and improved content, including updated examples and references throughout, this new edition of Freemasons For Dummies provides the most straightforward, non-intimidating guide to the subject on the market.

  • Updated expert coverage of the basic beliefs and philosophy behind Freemasonry
  • Revised information on the history of the society, including updates concerning its founding, famous historical members, and pivotal events
  • New coverage devoted to the recent influx of younger membership
  • The latest and ongoing controversies and myths surrounding Freemasonry
  • The role of women in a Masonic organization, including opportunities for women to participate in Freemasonry
  • The effects cultural and political changes and worldwide events are having on the organization

If you're intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons, get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order in Freemasons For Dummies.

©2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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This should be required for all new Freemasons!

I learned so much history from this book! It was more educational then I could have ever hopped for. This book is great for Freemasons of many years, new Freemasons, Freemasons looking to join other Masonic groups or just the general public who want to know more about freemasonry or for people who may want to join a lodge.

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  • 06-14-17

All that I know about Masonry I learned here.

Wow.... Where to start. Well I guess I will start by saying I don't think Masonry is for me. The Free Masons are described in this book as bunch of guys looking for fellowship, and a sense of community and even entertainment through fraternal brotherhood. That sounds a lot like my college fraternity, albeit with less beer and parties. I may be wrong. I will read comments to this post and I would be happy to be corrected in my thinking on this.

The charities and good works of the many Masonic organization are unparalleled. I don't think anyone can argue otherwise.

The striving to build character through lessons and a bit of theater all seem fine. If that's what your into. I'm happy with my character as it is and the pageantry seems odd to me.

What REALLY stood out to me is that this organization in its myriad of forms has been persecuted by every tyrant, including Popes, for the last 400 years. Yet the Mason forbid themselves call out tyranny with its many forms in the lodges. Many of this country's founding fathers were Masons. They were calling out tranny everyday. If it to be believed everywhere accept in the lodge. I am not sure how to square that one. How is someone going to discuss philosophy and morality and big ideas of the time without discussing politics. I doubt that it can be done with any intellectual honesty.

If Free Masonry is just a world wide brotherhood of guys who like bean suppers and a bit of theater on the odd weekend or so and not a group of like minded men who seek to change the world or sway its politics toward liberty and justice for all, then I say what a HUGE wasted opportunity and a HUGE waste of time. The theories of how Masons helped act a an unseen rudder for the world was really a cool idea. Lost.

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Must read for masons.

Interesting no matter whether you're a new Masonic Brother, interested in becoming one or a Master Mason this book is definitely worth the read or listen in this case!

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great intro to Freemasonry

This book played a key role in helping me make the decision of joining my local lodge. if any of you are curious about or wanting to learn more about freemasonry. Read/listen to this book.

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Grain of salt, but educational/informative

Would you consider the audio edition of Freemasons for Dummies, 2nd Edition to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version. I'd say no, because even the narrator noted that it's a reference (so random chapter would be easier on paper than in an audio format) - at least with current labeling.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator did a great job of explaining/reading in a way that wasn't "PhD instructor" and was more "friend who has answers". If that made sense.

Which character – as performed by Tom Dheere – was your favorite?

Not that kind of book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book noted that there is no one Freemason speaker, leader, authority. Unfortunately that applies to this book as well, but felt very honest.

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As Brilliantly Entertaining As Informative

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The internet is an incredible tool for learning about almost anything you'd care to dive into. Unfortunately, getting a solid understanding of Freemasonry from the outside is something that the internet cannot help you do (unless of course you want to believe the many far-fetched conspiracy theories). Enter 'Freemasonry for Dummies' stage east. As someone who is very much interested in joining the fraternity, I wanted to know what I was getting into (and whether there was anything that would run counter to my faith). I discovered this book in my searching, and truly enjoyed listening to it in entirety. As odd as it is to say, this is by far the most entertaining "reference manual" I've ever come across.If you are new to the craft, considering becoming a member, or want to know the truth behind the myths, I would recommend this book to you.

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Thank You kindly Sr

I enjoyed listening to this book and I like the information that was in detail and I appreciate how it is clear clean easy to hear .

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Gran libro

La forma en que narran , los datos y fechas importantes, cada parte de este libro es una fuente de información invaluable para masones y no masones ya que da una amplia vista de lo que es la masonería en el mundo, obviamente no revela los secretos que solo los iniciados pueden conocer , pero si desmitifica Abundantemente las creencias de “lo que se dice por ahí”

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This book was more on this history of Mason's and not the philosophy.This book was not engaging at all

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Great information

The writer was straightforward and well informed.
It contains the information I needed as I’m thinking about becoming a Freemason.
Great book!

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  • Mr J Dig
  • 05-06-16

Full of facts

Was unsure about purchasing this book but from the first chapter it fascinated me. So much information on the history of England, Scotland France and America. The sight down side is that it's very American oriented but if you can get passed that you should love it.
The author has done a good job of giving loads of information but without giving away the secrets of Freemasonry.
Think that it's one I will be listening to again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-19

No good for Freemasonry in England.

This book is based on Freemasonry in the US, which could have been explained before I bought it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-19

Does exactly what it says on the tin!

This is great. Finally something that fills in some of the blanks such that "Joe Public" isn't left having to concoct bizarre theories to fill them. Great breadth and surprising depth in a style that's easily understandable to those starting from scratch.

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  • Ian R.
  • 12-26-19

Excellent book

Brilliant book that makes the subject easy to understand. Learned a lot from this book.

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  • Gavin Moulds
  • 04-27-19

I am overall disappointed with this book.

Although Very Informative with particular interest in the history I found the narrator very robotic and at times slightly irritating as it sounded too automated with no variation in tone, speed or intonation. The book is clearly centered around the USA and as usual they seem to be claiming ownership. However it is still worth listening too as a good source of knowledge.

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  • Obi
  • 02-05-19

Understanding the basics

I found it informative to understand the basics. However, it is American focus, so you need to keep an open mind. One chapter, later on in the book, lost me and I was concerned I would loose interest and concentration to complete the book. The chapter was about all the various societies that have been created and most seem to be in America. Thankfully, I stuck with the book and got back into it. It is a good starting point but if you think it's going to reveal secrets of ceremony within a Lodge, then think again but it does tell you why. I certainly gained basic knowledge and generally found is very interesting.

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  • Robert A Ashworth
  • 02-23-18

help the way to understand your processional peers

if you deal with doctors, surgeons, police, solicitors and any other member of the professions.
it will help get you in without becoming initiated.

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  • Georgia
  • 01-12-18

Excellent work

This is an amazing book. Not only for non masons, but as well for masons them selves. I am a Freemason from Wales and Latvia. The author managed to explain a lot of difficult questions. Like Freemasonic history and the conspiracies around it. Excellent explanation of different orders and how they are affecting the whole Freemasonry. Superb and simple explanation how the lodges are organised. I am very happy I bought this book

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  • Charlie Gillespie
  • 09-15-17

Brilliant

As a Master Mason I found this book brilliant. I learnt a lot more information on freemasonry and would highly recommend it to any fellow brother or non Mason.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-18

Very happy

was a great help with information needed and clarification before i applied at the Grand Lodge

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-17

If your from Australia

If your from Australia please study Freemasonry history in Australia before Freemasons for Dummies. This a fantastic book on what Freemasonry is at it's core with great US and some European history.