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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Goldwag Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Did you know Freemasonry’s first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members? Or that the Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers? Also, Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, and “The Box” are all names for Area 51. Did you know that?

An indispensable guide, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies connects the dots and sets the record straight on a host of greedy gurus and murderous messiahs, crepuscular cabals and suspicious coincidences. Some topics are familiar—the Kennedy assassinations, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, the People’s Temple and Heaven's Gate—and some surprising, like Oulipo, a select group of intellectuals who created wild formulas for creating literary masterpieces, and the Chauffeurs, an eighteenth-century society of French home invaders, who set fire to their victims’ feet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The kind of reference manual that the Internet cannot supplant . . . Goldwag keeps the facts straight and gives the rumors -- no matter how lurid and entertaining -- about as much respect as they deserve. The Washington Post

     
    “Marvelous.
  • Arthur Goldwag is a shrewd, fair minded, learned and entertaining tour guide through a world that’s simultaneously funny and frightening. Not a page goes by without some “I-didn’t-know-that!” nugget. Given what’s going on this ever-more-paranoid society, a book like this becomes not only titillating but crucially important. Steven Waldman, Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Beliefnet.com
  • The answer to your burning questions about subjects from Area 51 to the Yakuza. Details
  • Delightful. The Weekly Standard
  • Goldwag is a colorful writer who makes good use of his material as he aims to explain, rather than debunk or expose, a fascinating diversity of beliefs. Boston Globe
  • The author’s delivery is engaging and entertaining. The amount of research done in this book is astounding. . . . An incredibly insightful, thoroughly enjoyable look at society’s shadow. Armchair Interviews
  • Goldwag navigates his way through the wilder reaches of human belief with great urbanity. Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies
  • “As entertainingly written as it is enlightening. Phillip Lopate

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 12/19/2013

    " An interesting subject made very dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Furgerson | 12/8/2013

    " I read this bool as a change of pace, I was kind of expecting it to be off the wall, but the author was quite serious and obviously did some research. His views were actually well balanced and fair. Not a bad read if you are into this sort of thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tone | 12/6/2013

    " The middle section on conspiracies was old news because just about any conspiracy theory eventually works it's way up to the Masons, Illuminati, the Jews or all three. But the sections on cults and secret societies were fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 11/18/2013

    " A fun and incredibly well researched look at the wacky world of conspiracies, cults, and secret societies. Highly recommended for when you need to make sense of the Freemasons, the Illuminati, religious cults, and anything having to do with militias or the New World Order! "

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