This book is alright, if you do not mind ready a very short "definition" of secret societies. I was hoping that it would cover more or give more details, and explanation about the context. At certain points, i got bored of it, it gives the feeling that it has a lot of repetition, and that you cannot distinguish what you are reading now from what you've read in the previous pages. It is not a bad book to read at all, but it could've been much better. Anyway, you can consider it a kind of index more or less with a brief summary of each entry.
Nick Harding's book is a highly readable and entertaining look at the world of secret societies. While I could question the inclusion of one or two groups (such as the Cathars, who are not usually classed as a 'secret society' as such), it is better that he has been over-inclusive rather than the other way round. My favourites have to be the Castratrors of Russia. Ouch! The book also has the distinction of being slagged of in the Daily Mail... praise indeed!
This is a good introduction to the subject. The style is chatty and readable. But he really needed an editor! The text is full of howlers (law for lore, Valerie Giscard d'Estaing), and some sentences ramble on and on without a comma in sight.
This guy is either extremely naive or is a disinformation merchant. He describes the secret socieities as just a minor, over exaggerated concept. He describes the lower level idea and not what goes on at top levels. He has absolutely no idea of how powerful they are. After researching them for years myself I was furious reading this. I nearly stopped after the introduction