Fascinated by Freemasons? Freemasons For Dummies is the internationally best–selling introduction to the Masons, the oldest and largest "secret society" in the world. This balanced, eye–opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites, to its curious symbols and their meanings. Find out what goes on in a Masonic meeting. You′ll understand the true purposes of Masonic "secrecy" and philosophy, meet famous Masons throughout history, and discover related organizations like the Knights Templar, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Shriners. Explore the controversies and conspiracy theories that swirl around this organization at the center of Dan Brown′s novel The Lost Symbol , and discover the changes coming to the Craft.