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Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret Societies [Hardcover]

Michael Streeter
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29 Aug 2008
Custodians of secret knowledge, preservers of traditions or simply places of discreet and influential contacts, secret societies have played a fundamental role in the development of world history. But these covert organisations are not consigned to the past; from powerful political bodies and curious religious sects to obscure and sometimes sinister private organisations, secret societies still play a major role in the modern world."Behind Closed Doors" explores how bodies as diverse as the secretive Trilateral Commission, Opus Dei, the Freemasons and the Church of Scientology influence the society we live in. Drawing on the history and power of ancient organisations such as the Knights Templar, the Illuminati and the mystical followers of Mithraism, the book unveils the knowledge, structures and ambitions of the secret societies of the past and their impact on their modern successors.Revelatory, shocking and fascinating, "Behind Closed Doors" is an essential guide to understanding the secret forces at work in the world today.

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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: 2.7 x 16.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 972,749 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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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible waste of time 15 Jan 2013
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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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