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Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret Societies Hardcover – 29 Aug 2008

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845379373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845379377
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.6 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Streeter is a freelance writer, and the author of many books on history and the occult. He is the author of Witchcraft: A secret history (Fair Winds) and has also written about the influence of ancient ideas on Western life in The Mediterranean: Cradle of European culture (New Holland).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A Bridger on 9 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Behind Closed Doors, by Michael Streeter, is an introduction and overview of secret societies throughout history focussing on their power and influence. The author focuses on a wide variety of secret societies throughout history, including Opus Dei, Freemasonry and the Knights Templar.

The book is extremely well written and researched which makes this book accessible to any reader regardless of their prior knowledge or interests. The author also provides an extensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading which makes this book the essential introduction to secret societies.

However, my one complaint with this book is that the author focuses heavily on some topics whilst almost ignoring others of almost equal importance. This is shown with his very detailed chapters on high profile topics such as the Knights Templar, Freemasonry and the Church of Scientology whilst almost ignoring criminal societies such as the Mafia and the Yakuza and their influence on society. For example since the First World War, criminal societies have most probably been the most influential societies of all considering their income and influence over people in positions of power.

Overall, though this is still a very good book and a good introduction into secret societies. This book would appeal to anyone with an interest in secret societies but also someone who's interest has been caught by such films as National Treasure and The DaVinci Code, and would like to find out more and seperate the fact from fiction.
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Terrible waste of time 15 Jan. 2013
By John G. Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Any author who references himself in the third person, in as many locations as he does, must be an egomaniac or a hack.
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