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Freemasons for Dummies, 2nd Edition Audiobook

Freemasons for Dummies, 2nd Edition

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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Tony Virelli Spencer, IA USA 05-17-16
    Tony Virelli Spencer, IA USA 05-17-16

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Greg JACKSONVILLE, AR, United States 02-26-15
    Greg JACKSONVILLE, AR, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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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!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tm 06-14-17
    Tm 06-14-17 Member Since 2012

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    "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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    Honey Dew 06-13-17
    Honey Dew 06-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very informative"
    What did you love best about Freemasons for Dummies, 2nd Edition?

    This book has a lot of information, a lot to take in, you may have to read it more than once


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    Mike Santonato Toronto, Ontario Canada 04-09-17
    Mike Santonato Toronto, Ontario Canada 04-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "the most thorough read on masonry"

    A great read for anyone who wants a concise history of freemasons and everything connected to it.

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    Roy Lee Campbell 01-16-17 Member Since 2016

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    "AMasoning"

    I really enjoyed listening to this and will keep following more about this remarkable group

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    David 12-08-16
    David 12-08-16 Member Since 2017
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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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    Ben 09-06-16
    Ben 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very helpful and accurate"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave the Best understanding of freemasonry that I have ever received by any Book.


    What about Tom Dheere’s performance did you like?

    He was a Big help in keeping my mind engaged


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    Robert Blais DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA, US 08-30-16
    Robert Blais DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA, US 08-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "INTERESTING TOPIC"
    What would have made Freemasons for Dummies, 2nd Edition better?

    HIGH POTENTIAL FOR SUBJECT MATTER. FORMATTED AS A LECTUR THIS BECAME REDUNDANT AND DULL. IF THE AUTHOR WERE OF A MIND TO USE HIS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT AND COMPOSED A GOOD HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL THAT COULD BE VERY INTERESTING.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Hodapp again?

    PERHAPS


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    cocoloustaunau 07-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Informative but redundant.
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    As a source of history it was very i nteresting. It was also very informative about the subject matter, but it was too long and redundant...it almost seemed as if there was nothing else to be written, say, after chapter 11, and the rest was tiny pieces of information mixed with tons of personal opinions...I finished it though, but...meh!

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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