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Secret Societies: Inside the Freemasons, the Yakuza, Skull and Bones, and the World's Most Notorious Secret Organizations

Secret Societies: Inside the Freemasons, the Yakuza, Skull and Bones, and the World's Most Notorious Secret Organizations

John Lawrence Reynolds presents a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at the world's most notorious secret societies, including their origins and histories, initiations and rituals, secret signs and members. Offering an illuminating and entertaining exploration of the stories-confirmed and fabricated-that surround these societies, Reynolds dispels myths and provides gripping revelations. No fewer than sixteen presidents have declared their affiliation to the Freemasons; Madonna, Demi Moore, and Elizabeth Taylor are just a few celebrity members of Kabbalah; and there is a direct historical link between the Assassins of the Middle Ages and today's Al Qaeda. Based on extensive research that emphasizes fact over speculation, Reynold's gives a smart, surprising look at the best known and often least understood covert organizations.

About the Author: John Lawrence Reynolds has written 16 books of fiction and nonfiction and won awards in both categories. He lives with his wife, Judy, in a small North American town, the location of which is a secret.

INTRODUCTION: Fools, Fears and Fanatics

Chaper 1. THE ASSASSINS - Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted

Chaper 2. TEMPLARS, ILLUMINATI AND FREEMASONS - The Secret Seat of Power

Chaper 3. PRIORY OF SION - Keepers of the Holy Grail

Chaper 4. DRUIDS AND GNOSTICS - Knowledge and the Eternal Soul

Chaper 5. KABBALAH - Origins of the Apocalypse

Chaper 6. ROSICRUCIANS - The Pursuit of Esoteric Wisdom

Chaper 7. TRIADS - Cultural Criminals

Chaper 8. THE MAFIA AND COSA NOSTRA - Wise Guys and Businessmen

Chaper 9. YAKUZA - Traditions and Amputations

Chaper 10. WICCA - The Great Goddess and the Horned God

Chaper 11. SKULL & BONES - America's Secret Establishment

Chaper 12. SECRET SOCIETIES IN POPULAR CULTURE - An Endless Fascination

Chaper 13. CRITICS, ALARMISTS AND CONSPIRACY THEORISTS - When Does Paranoia Make Sense?

AFTERWORD - Of Demons and Baloney

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