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They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history - or what we have come to know as history - has all along been written by the wrong people? What if everything we've been told is only part of the story? What if it's the wrong part?

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

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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.

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Do Not Buy this book

Ever notice that only 5 star reviews show up first. I'm hoping you'll see this review, I'm only giving it 5 stars in attempt that you'll see this review and NOT make the mistake I did by purchasing this book. I found this book horribly ill conceived. How in the world did this author continue to put words in order to make sentences to go on and on and on and on about the most irrelevant, weird world history that is so far fetched that it makes Bill Clinton look like Honest Abe. I mean no offensive to Mark Booth, but i truly found this book to be a waste of my time. There were a few, needle in the haystack moments, but the haystack was huge and i really didn't need that needle.

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Offers no proof of anything-just makes it up

States that Jesus was twin brothers who essentially pulled off the greatest charade of all time but omits any explanation of Thomas putting his fingers in the wounds verifying this was really him. Also what about real logic and reasoning -if Jesus wasn't really who he said he was then he is a liar and pretty evil for demanding everyone to put their hope in him. This book has the most unscientific, unlikely and outlandish claim I've ever heard: that we evolved from plants. I wish I could get my money back.

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Pretty little secrets

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.

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Simply a Mess.

I expected at the very least, a chronological arrangement of interesting but strange ideas. This book presented lots of strange ideas in a bizarre collection of unrelated events, references and proclaimations. Many of the ideas were interesting, but came in a messy torrent that jumped through the centuries and millenia sometimes in one sentence. There were no explanations and very few examples to support his ideas, just a lot of random fragments, illogicaly clumped together.

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basically history channel conspiracy theory

basically history channel conspiracy theory... not worth the read. you would do better buying healing crystals and a pint of ice cream.

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Just 'cause you can doesn't mean you should...

Listen, I know I'm not the most open-minded person, but I was hoping for at least a couple "no way!" moments my ignorant self can revel and reminisce about while staring at the cover of the Mirror in the grocery checkout line. But most of the book is more of a "meh" moment. "You mean to tell me that brilliant guy was secretly totally weird? I mean, I guess." The narration didn't help, really reminded me of that guy with the turtleneck that corners you at social events while you frantically try to signal your wife that yes, it is indeed time to go home.

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They Put this in the wrong section

What disappointed you about The Secret History of the World?

This book was found in the history section- I expect a rigorous evaluation of data and perhaps some new insights. Instead is a long winded stream of drivel about the prominence of consciousness in the universe. This is more like Chariots of the Gods make-believe stuff. I'm getting my money back.

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History told as a struggle between Idealism & Materialism

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.

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Just great!!!!

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...

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