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on 18 June 2018
If you are looking for a general overview of esoterics, freemasonry, the mashallah etc. This is a book which has it all. It is very freemasonry biased but this does not detract. There is a lot of back and forth in the writing style and it does require concentration to keep up. Some of the drawings on the kindle version are obscure and hard to follow or read.
I found some of the book very interesting and enjoyed the way it draws a lot of theological thinking and doctrine together. I did find some of it a step too far in the belief scale but then that's kind of the point! It gives you the information and you decide how you will use it. An interesting read, overall pretty good.
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on 13 January 2017
The diffrence between academic philosphy teachers and Manly p Hall, is that Hall doesnt take the modern day reductionist approach and limits himself to telling it how it is. This book should sit in anyone's library, not only in those filled with occult material.
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on 25 September 2015
This is an excellent overview of Western Esotericism without any New Age fluff. Around 800 pages of accurate information on a wide range of subjects - well worth the price. If you are interested in learning the theory behind magic, I suggest reading this book followed by Agrippa's 'Three Books of Occult Philosophy' or Barrett's 'The Magus' to get into a magical mindset.
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on 31 October 2016
Great in its scope and a good starting point for further investigation, and in places very thorough and always well written. Whereas the amount of content is impressive, Manly P. Hall sometimes seemed to be quite inaccurate in certain details which then makes some of his further conclusions and connections a little presumptuous. Great read nevertheless, not just because of its stye, but also because of the authors that this book can lead you to.
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on 2 April 2018
My Son requested this book for his birthday. As in the other reviews, the txt and pictures are of very poor quality, appearing to be a pdf copy and unreadable. Very disappointed.
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on 10 June 2018
I can see a few complaints about the edition so please note the edition I have is Tarcher/Penguin (2003) - Reader's Edition. It's fantastic and as far as I can tell has all the diagrams it is supposed to. A nice chunky paperback that I still use for reference.
Great book - the Pythagoras and Qabbalah sections are particularly insightful.
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on 17 December 2017
Will be a constant reference
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on 4 June 2018
Quite a comprehensive view.
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on 14 June 2018
Good book
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on 1 March 2016
I am into philosophy and possess a keen interest in ancient civilisations and religions and I found the content in this book an interesting read.
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