Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret Societies Hardcover – 29 Aug 2008
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About the Author
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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
There is a very good glossary of secret socities listedin the book from Alumbrados to the Trilateral Commission including the following-Assassins, Freemasonnary,Knights Templar,Ku Klux Klan, Mafia,Opus Dei,Church of Scientology and Triads.
Very well written and researched. It makes you wonder how much we know of the world we live in.
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