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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Essentials (7 Dec. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904048846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904048848
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,729,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Harding is a screenwriter, producer, comedy sketch writer and poet and is currently working on a number of film projects. He is the author of books were on Urban Legends and Secret Societies

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Rejected by the Freemasons? Not bright enough for the Illuminati? Burnt by the Hell Fire Club? No friends in high places to get you into the Bilderberg or the Bohemian Grove? Feeling isolated and powerless? Fear not. There is an answer...Why not start your own secret society to add an air of mystery to your life and instantly alter the way you are perceived by family, friends and society at large. Learn the secrets of how to really influence people in business and politics by creating your own elitist fraternity. Discover the basic requirements for creating a clandestine sister or brotherhood with the ability to control, govern and influence events at the local or global level. Develop your own secret knowledge and hidden agenda while you plot to overthrow the powers that be through revolution and political or religious intrigue. Pierre Plantard and the Priory of Sion failed but you can avoid making the same mistakes they did by understanding what it really takes to maintain and develop a secret society. This book will show you all the requirements needed from choosing regalia to setting up a lodge, from electing a grand master to illustrating basic initiation ceremonies.

It will also guide you on how to take historical events, great works of art and famous names to mould them into your desires for global domination.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen Baird on 4 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the sort of book I shouldn't like. It deals with secret societies, conspiracy theories and other Dan Brownesque inanities. Yawn. But Harding has pulled off quite a feat by making such material a riveting read. How?

Harding's 'way into' the topic is neither one of historical fact-finding nor contemporary exposé. Rather, as the title indicates, this is a "how to" book, in this case, how to start a secret society of your own. Ridiculous? Actually, rather brilliant, if not to say unique. If you, like me, would love to start up your own secret society, then this is the closest to a manual you could find. All issues of why, what and how are covered in practical detail. Bravo!

Some of Hardy's scattered insights are really rather fine. For instance, he covers why the formation of secret societies has always been a predominantly male occupation (11, 75), or how the impetus to join is partially a quest for personal meaning and/or advancement (93-94), and the pleasure of being part of self-styled elite (139-140). As the nature of the book is functional and satirical, there is no extended discussion of the theories behind such phenomena; neither, here, should there be.

Harding writes like a precocious sixth former editing the school rag. He is all irony and irreverence. In fact, one of his interesting points is that many of those who started secret societies shared exactly this same attitude. They wanted to raise merry hell and poke a finger at those in charge. Such a playful perspective allows Harding to empathise with those about whom he writes all the while treating his subject matter lightly.

But here is where Harding comes slightly undone and robs himself of the full five stars. Irreverence is one thing, irrelevance another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benny Button on 10 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Brilliant book, a great insight into the workings of the many societies we see as secret.
It can be read several ways really. It can be read and reference book to the beginnings of societies or as a little bit of fun. I found it was a little to general to and didn't have as many suggestions (i.e. name, ceremonial, regalia suggestions)as I would have liked. However the author leaves the specifics to the reader, giving a good solid foundation of knowledge from which to begin your collection of secret people. If you are seriously looking start a society then you would need to look further than this book.

Great read though
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Satirical but informative 12 Nov. 2009
By Derek Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have this as an audio book and I find it both funny and informative. The reason the Masons are mentioned so often is because they are the most well known. If you really want to start your own secret society and need a book to tell you how to do it, you probably don't need to start a secret society!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Can I have the 20 minutes back? 29 Sept. 2008
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The 20 minutes I am requesting is the time it took me to realize that the only thing worth reading in this book is the title.

It SOUNDS like a great idea, lots of fun, etc.; in the end it is a quick history of the Masons and some tongue-in-cheek digs at those who join such groups.

It would be worth it if there was even a single laugh involved, but sadly, the author took the subject matter WAY too seriously.
How to smash the system from the inside 7 Nov. 2013
By Allen Baird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the sort of book I shouldn't like. It deals with secret societies, conspiracy theories and other Dan Brownesque inanities. Yawn. But Harding has pulled off quite a feat by making such material a riveting read. How?

Harding's 'way into' the topic is neither one of historical fact-finding nor contemporary exposé. Rather, as the title indicates, this is a "how to" book, in this case, how to start a secret society of your own. Ridiculous? Actually, rather brilliant, if not to say unique. If you, like me, would love to start up your own secret society, then this is the closest to a manual you could find. All issues of why, what and how are covered in practical detail. Bravo!

Some of Hardy's scattered insights are really rather fine. For instance, he covers why the formation of secret societies has always been a predominantly male occupation (11, 75), or how the impetus to join is partially a quest for personal meaning and/or advancement (93-94), and the pleasure of being part of self-styled elite (139-140). As the nature of the book is functional and satirical, there is no extended discussion of the theories behind such phenomena; neither, here, should there be.

Harding writes like a precocious sixth former editing the school rag. He is all irony and irreverence. In fact, one of his interesting points is that many of those who started secret societies shared exactly this same attitude. They wanted to raise merry hell and poke a finger at those in charge. Such a playful perspective allows Harding to empathise with those about whom he writes all the while treating his subject matter lightly.

But here is where Harding comes slightly undone and robs himself of the full five stars. Irreverence is one thing, irrelevance another. Harding takes every opportunity to equate secret societies with mainstream religion, even inserting his own personal diatribes in the form of footnotes (38, 84). Serious Richard Dawkins is somehow introduced (55 - not in the index) detracting from the light, fun-loving tone of the rest of the book. If I had wanted a book on atheism...

Now that I'm all clued up to start up my own secret society, it won't concern itself with matters of divinity, but with another more pressing dichotomy: book worms versus computer nerds. If you don't believe me that a literature based society is fundamentally different in values and skills from a technocratic one, please read Neil Postman and Nicholas Carr. "But Allen, aren't you using a computer at this very second to write your review and then post it online?" Ah, but just like the best secret societies, I'm smashing the system from the inside.

Anyone care to join me?
secret societies 29 May 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book very much and I would tell everyone to read this book if you want to start up your own secret society. I cannot wait to read this book again.
Truly fun to read - particularly for Masons 19 July 2014
By E. King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Subtle, British humor but certainly comical to anyone with an appreciation of satire. Although the background of the author is not mentioned, he very clearly exhibits a knowledge of Freemasonry which would lead anyone to believe that he himself is a member of the Craft. Bravo for a delightful laugh!
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