Secret Societies

Inside the Freemasons, the Yakuza, Skull and Bones, and the World's Most Notorious Secret Organizations
Narrated by: Fred Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Does a sinister cabal actually control international affairs? Were William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln secretly involved with a group founded to discover and preserve the principles of alchemy? Has an ancient mystical religion really been reduced to a length of red string that sells for a dollar an inch? Secret societies surround us, yet they often remain a mystery. Their secrecy suggests sacrilege and crime, and their loyalties stand accused of undermining the world's governments. They generate fear, suspicion, and - above all - fascination.

From the parched wadis of the Middle East to the crowded boutiques of Beverly Hills, award-winning author John Lawrence Reynolds peels away centuries of speculation and paranoia and shines a brilliant light on organizations that have been shrouded in secrecy for ages, from the Templars and the Mafia to the Priory of Sion and Skull & Bones. He offers a smart and surprising behind-the-scenes exploration of the tales - confirmed and fabricated - that surround the best-known and often least-understood secret societies.

©2011 John Lawrence Reynolds (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Interesting

Entertaining and informative. Good purchase. This book gives an insite into all the stories we all thought we knew.

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Great book

Great touch on the different secret societies. Loved learning little tidbits that relate to our holidays or everyday lives and rituals.

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Left wing bias

This book can be summed up by saying, Christians are bad. Christians are evil. They are problems behind all the worlds problems. And the Bushes are evil. The Skull and Cross Bones section is idiotic at best. Every thing he dismissing through the whole book. He backs up his nonsense against the Bushes. I swear as I was listening I was thought he is going to blame the Nazis on the Bush family and I swear to the God the author of this book hates, HE BLAMED THE FORMATION OF THE NAZIS ON PRESTON BUSH.

But just because I dont like the material doesnt mean this is a well written book because it is.

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not great

I found the book to be misleading in content. the book was extremely boast towards conspiracy skeptics

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amazing

amazing book with a lot of background information and details. my commute never seemed to be that short.

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Don't bother. - conclusions make no sense!!!!

Research is sketchy and conclusions make little sense if all data I am currently aware of is considered - waste of time for me

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Save Your Money; This Audiobook is a Waste.

I really wanted this book to be good but is more fantasy and sensationalism than anything resembling factual. The author did a poor job of researching or fact checking; I doubt he made any effort at all. It seems like a series of fictional accounts with a few less important facts thrown in to try to add credibility.
This book lacks substance, truth or correct information.
Save your money; I wish I had.

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