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on 9 March 2013
I bought this after seeing Levenda's work repeatedly name-checked in Joseph P Farrell's books (if you like Farrell, you'll like Levenda also). I also caught his You Tube talk on the so-called "secret space programme", which impressed me with the depth of research.

Some reviewers at Amazon.com have criticised the book for being a little vague and rambling. To be sure, if you're looking for clear-cut routes to the truth behind the geopolitical situation in the world today and explanations for events such as the JFK assassination, then you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a very in-depth look at subjects of interest to those who subscribe to a conspiratorial view of history, including information that you may not have come across before, then you will enjoy this book.

Levenda points out clearly why books such as his can be hard going in terms of attempting to reach hard and fast conclusions; in fact, he states that precisely the same problems were experienced by Jim Garrison in attempting to bring prosecutions in his JFK investigation. The problem is twofold:

1 - So much of recent history has been classified and hidden away by governments that it is almost impossible to know definitively the truth behind events over the last 70-100 years.

2 - Research into important historical/political events such as the JFK assassination turns up such bizarre connections and links between individuals and groups suspected of being involved, that it is extremely difficult to put the research into any kind of logical format.

In his book, Levenda turns his spotlight onto the shadowy intelligence, military, political, criminal and corporate groups which appear to play a major part in how the world is run. However, Levenda goes further and uncovers bizarre links between these groups and Occult groups such as the Process Church, the Church of Satan and Crowley's OTO. In many cases, membership of these groups overlap and Levenda implies that these "secret rulers of the World" hold Occult concepts and ideas as central to their ideology. Levenda points out that intelligence agents and members of Occult groups can be similar in terms of their psychological make-up; both have a love of mystery and enjoy feeling that they have knowledge which the average person does not have access to.

One example of such a group is the Nazi's, which both Levenda and Joseph Farrell assert did not disappear with Germany's defeat in World War II but went underground and still assert a major influence over World affairs today. The major influence of ex-Nazis on American life via Operation Paperclip is, of course, a matter of historical record. However, whilst uninformed Americans assume that these ex-Nazis recanted their former ideology and became good Americans, Farrell and Levenda prove otherwise. Levenda (rather humorously, in my view) states that the Nazis were not a political party but "a cult, albeit with the best uniforms." That Occult ideas were central to Nazi ideology, again, is a matter of historical record.

In short, a great read; can't wait to download and start part 2...
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on 31 October 2013
Having read many books on so called conspiracy this was a real gem. Thought provoking and intelligent rather than brash and sensationalizing. I was impressed by the standard of this book and half way through ordered the other two and cannot wait to dig in. A must read for anybody.
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on 25 March 2014
I couldn't put this down. Of course it is largely about American history, but does not stop it being relevant to Europeans, particularly the British. It weaves in and out of the occult and in and out of names and faces I know and those I don't.

The book is well written with references at the end of each chapter. The links and evidence at times become so convoluted that the reader may need to just get through it the first time and return for a second or third time to see the pictures carefully. One thing is for sure - the phrase - truth is stranger than fiction - is never more true in this case. The book ends with a very confusing piece on "wandering bishops" - I shall have to do my own research.

Here is a quote found in the book which gives a flavour of the world hardly any of us can imagine.

"The secret services of all nations are directed or influenced by personalities which are marked by a criminal, a perverted, a criminal-pathological, or, in any case, an exceedingly vulgar imagination.... But the worst perversion of the secret services--and how could there be a worse one--is that of human sacrifice." -- Agent of the Devil, Hans Habe

I look forward to reading the further two volumes.
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on 28 January 2016
For anyone interested in this field of study it is an absolute must purchase. This work speaks for itself.
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on 27 April 2016
It's drier than a weekend in the Sahara, in fact I didn't finish it. Some interesting ideas but the writer hasn't got what it takes to write an engaging piece so it comes across as a conspiracy nuts research notes to some degree. Shame as I was hoping for great things from it!
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on 29 September 2015
I haven't got too far into this but I think it will turn out to have quite a few useful titbits in it.It's a bit rambling and densely written​ for my taste, though
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on 20 January 2015
Fascinating -stillploughing through itbut very informative.
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on 15 July 2014
Well researched and well written.
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