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Jonathan Black
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5 Jun 2008

Here for the first time is a complete history of the world, from the beginning of time to the present day, based on the beliefs and writings of the secret societies. From the esoteric account of the evolution of the species to the occult roots of science, from the secrets of the Flood to the esoteric motives behind American foreign policy, here is a narrative history that shows the basic facts of human existence on this planet can be viewed from a very different angle. Everything in this history is upside down, inside out and the other way around. At the heart of The Secret History of the World is the belief that we can reach an altered state of consciousness in which we can see things about the way the world works that are hidden from us in our everyday, commonsensical consciousness. This history shows that by using secret techniques, people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and George Washington have worked themselves into this altered state - and been able to access supernatural levels of intelligence. There have been many books on the subject, but, extraordinarily, no-one has really listened to what the secret societies themselves say. The author has been helped in his researches by his friendship with a man who is an initiate of more than one secret society, and in one case an initiate of the highest level.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847243401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847243409
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jonathan Black is the nom de plume of Mark Booth. He was educated at Ipswich School and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy and Theology. He was worked in publishing for over twenty years. He is the author of The Secret History of the World, the exclusive ebook The Secret History of Dante: Unearthing the Mysteries of the Inferno and the forthcoming The Sacred History of the World: How Angels, Mystics and Higher Intelligence Made our World.

His books are the result of a lifetime spent reading literature in this area, publishing many of the leading authors in the field and hanging round antiquarian bookshops.

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This book will take you on a jaw-dropping journey through the spiritual and mythological history of the world … A wonderfully controversial read, which challenges the accepted view and spiritual history of human society - Soul and Spirit Magazine

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The powerful narrative drive and cornucopia of startling revelations that form the core of Jonathan Black's new book show us the world not as we have been taught to see it but as it really is - deeply strange and mysterious, filled with secrets and codes, with humanity rightly placed at the heart of a grand cosmic riddle. Nothing of this scale and ambition has been attempted since Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine, and Black rises to the challenge with style, originality and aplomb - Graham Hancock, author Fingerprints of the Gods --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars illuminating, fascinating and thought provoking 19 Mar 2011
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Having spent some time now looking into the ancient history of the world both from an academic point of view as well as so called "pseudo historical facts" I have turned my head towards the esoterical and mystical side of history. Having read quite a few of the books in the bibliography here I have also had a fascination with religion and it's history and impact on the world for a long time. There was something about this book that made me purchase it and I have not regretted the purchase.

For someone of a closed mind or of strict religious views this book is not reccommended as you will find yourself in a world that is "topsy turvy" (which is the way of the ancient teachings that constitutes esoteric thinking to begin with), and might anger you that someone is arguing that "magic" and mysticism is at the core of religion as a whole. Especially concidering that religious leaders have condemned the very idea of magic and occult teachings as the workings of the devil.

Jonathan Black's style of writing is easy going and very engaging, which helps you understand the heaviness of what is discussed here.
To me it is clear that he has a vast knowledge on esoteric and religious matters, and as he makes you take part in the experience that is reading this book with his imaginative exercises, you might gain an appreciation that goes beyond the pages of this book. I have gained new energy in my search for understanding of the past and present as well as a vast body of books to sift through in addition to what I'm already looking into.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 10 Jan 2009
I have been interested to read the wide range of comments about this book which I personally found fascinating.

The Secret History of the World presents a different way of contemplating the world that we live in. Whether you agree or disagree with the author's ideas - and there are so many different ideas, links and connections here that why should you agree with all of them? - the book is about opening your mind to a radically new way of thinking about the mystical history of the world and about our own human consciousness.

It isn't necessary to agree with everything the author writes to find dozens of fascinating avenues to explore. The whole point of a book like this is to be an entertaining read and to raise the consciousness of the reader by presenting ideas that remind us that different civilisations did not regard or understand the world in the same way that we do.

We cannot assume that our thought processes and our attitudes to life are comparable to those of our ancestors who experienced their lives at different times and in different societies throughout the ages and had no knowledge of industry, science or technology as we understand it today.
Everything they believed in was based on the much more limited (in most cases)knowledge that was available to them at the time.

In the past twelve months people everywhere are seeing the collapse of so many organisations and systems in our society that they had assumed were fundamentally stable. The book is very timely because we are entering a new era in our civilisation where we will have no choice but to adjust our thinking about many different things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Myths and Legends, myths and legends...... 5 Mar 2014
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I was drawn to this book not least because I attended a Rudolf Steiner school, and my mother has studied his writings for many years. Which I've tried to read some of, but been deterred by the frustrating 'difficulty' of them. Jonathan Black says he's read about 30 of Steiner's books, as well as hundreds of others covering 'esoteric' beliefs and practices. Throughout he regularly references Steiner, who he rates as the most knowledgeable, remarkable and accurate teacher of spiritual, esoteric, ancient and everlasting knowledge of the 20th century. I've heard other people say that too.
I couldn't resist the premise of not only an accessible introduction to the teachings of Steiner and many other important visionaries, but also a chance to learn powerful and profound secrets, which have been guarded by secret societies for many thousands of years.
Interestingly, Jonathan Black says that Rudolf Steiner intentionally wrote in such a way as to not be too easily accessible ; He also says that an unspecified number of Steiner's books were, on his instructions, not published in his lifetime : In which case those, in Switzerland, who guard his legacy, are still waiting for what they assess to be a suitable time for their publication.
Some reviewers here opine that The Secret History of the World is very well written, others that it is very badly written. For me it began and ended interestingly enough, but the bulk of it is a long, long saga of brief outlines of hundreds of myths and legends, seemingly all presented as factual.
I admit that I speed-read through some of the long middle section, despairing of finding anything in it which I could relate in any way to life today. Which, I accept, may be due to intellectual failings on my part. It is neither very well or very badly written.
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