The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders
Debunking the spurious reputations of some, detailing the authenticity of others, The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders contains over 800 A-to-Z entries describing the names, natures, and purposes of secret societies throughout history and around the world. An extensive introduction gives readers a solid overview of the evolution of secret societies from their ancient roots, typologies of secret societies - how and why they specialized, why schisms and splinter groups are almost inevitable, how brotherhoods often formed around one charismatic personality, and why memberships are now declining. Further, The International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders has a comprehensive bibliography, an index, and includes the addresses of secret societies in existence today.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jammilram - LibraryThing
OK, this book is fun and serious. There are conspiracy groups, masons, templars and a host of others. What is there not to like about a book that includes the Horrible Conspiration Club, the Order of ... Read full review
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Axelrod (Encyclopedia of the American West, LJ 11/1/96) gives us a detailed, well-written encyclopedia of past and present social, service, ethnic, trade, mystical, religious, political, and criminal ... Read full review