If you are looking for a book about the mystery and fascination of freemasonry: its rituals, its history, what it's been made responsible for and what it maybe is responsible for then DON'T get this book.
Jeffer's is a very one-sided account, based only on Masonic texts which he swallows whole and uncritically to regurgitate them in book form. I probably should have guessed as he professes in the introduction not to have known anything on freemasonry prior to writing the book - not the best credentials to write what is meant to be an `inside report' on the secrets of the society. It appears from Jeffers' account that the freemasons are little more than greying men collecting money at tea-parties for good causes. Where's the secret (and the truth?) in that?
What finally convinced me that Jeffers is an amateur way out of his depths are not so much his historically questionable conclusions and failure to provide evidence for these (e.g. that Roman architects were initiates into the Mysteries - whichever Jeffers means) but most of all his assertion that Baigent and Leigh are historians. Pace all fans of the duo, creative as they may be, Baigent and Leigh are all BUT historians. Although, do of justice, some wild conclusions in the style of Baigent and Leigh would have made this book a more interesting read.
In the end this book reads very shallowly. It failed to grip me in any way and I am as much informed about freemasonry as I was before reading this book.