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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Booth Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781400176229
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They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history—or what we have come to know as history—has all along been written by the wrong people? What if everything we've been told is only part of the story? What if it's the wrong part? In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise—that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true—Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years. History is more than a list of things that have happened; it's a measure of consciousness and experience. And in The Secret History of the World, Booth's take on history is relentless, charging through time and space and thought in interdisciplinary fashion; embracing cognitive science, religion, psychology, historiography, and philosophy, a new timeline is drawn, and a huge swath of our cultural heritage that has long been hidden is restored. From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Don Quixote, from George Washington to Hitler—Booth shows without a doubt that history as we know it needs a revolutionary rethink, and he has 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An entire library’s worth of scholarship [in] a single volume.”

    San Francisco Gate

  • “Booth’s history incorporates so many disparate philosophies…His universe is full of bizarre theories, entertaining primarily for their weirdness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Authentically mind-boggling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phinehas | 2/19/2014

    " I couldn't decide whether to give this book two or four stars so I compromised and gave it three. It's kind of stupid, i.e. The author believes that ancient humans had fleshy appendages growing out of the middle of their foreheads, but it's also kind of awesome, i.e. the author believes ancient humans had fleshy appendages growing out of the middle of their foreheads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Sotiropoulos | 2/15/2014

    " A fascinating take on the notion of a parallel history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 2/7/2014

    " this book has taught me much on the meanings of many things "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Logan | 2/3/2014

    " Mostly a rehash of previously covered esoteric topics for me personally. Really not a lot new ground covered here, but it is highly readable and would make a good introductory to occult and hidden history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CHE Sadaphal | 1/21/2014

    " Anyone who reads this book must approach it with an open mind, especially those with a strong religious foundation. The text basically takes all the basic tenets of our world from biblical creation to mythology to the present and exposes the "secret" meanings and "real" origins behind it all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William Blake | 1/9/2014

    " Gave up after about 100 pages. I felt I learned nothing, and could hope to penetrate no further into the nearly unreadable prose. I hope that this appeals to someone, but it's unquestionably not for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodee | 12/18/2013

    " I gave it two stars instead of just one because I get a kick out of crazy, and I enjoy a good conspiracy theory as much as the next person, but this is full of blatant factual errors and inaccurate statements that make it impossible to fully invest in a "what-if" experience while reading this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 12/6/2013

    " People were unicorns. Adam and eve were vegetables. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan | 12/5/2013

    " This book was all tangents that never seemed to get connected or go anywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasser Abdel rahman | 10/19/2013

    " If you are a fan of the secret soceities, this is you indispensable book to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 10/5/2013

    " Fascinating and eerily resonant. Will probably read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myrna | 9/18/2013

    " I am currently trying to read this while my husband is reading it. So there are moment during my daughters naps where I can read a chapter here or there. I like reading about conspiracy theories, as does my husband, so we'll see what kind of review this will render... more to come... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel | 9/11/2013

    " I didn't read everything because there were too many names and stories all put together to process.Still I enjoyed reading it, and I think I read the most important parts, so all in all I tought this was a interesting inspiring book, even if most of the things on it will never be verifiable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 patrick crawford | 5/3/2013

    " Good but goddamn was it redundant! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 4/20/2013

    " Complete and utter bullshit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Ahearn | 8/8/2011

    " An entertaining break from rationality. Would have been twice as good at half the length. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 9/27/2009

    " Poorly researched, and poorly written claptrap. What a bunch of shit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lomedriel | 8/13/2008

    " very interesting read. made me want to read up more on the different styles. "

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About the Author

Mark Booth was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied philosophy and theology. He has worked in publishing for over twenty years and is currently in charge of Century, an imprint of Random House UK. The Secret History of the World is the outcome of a lifetime spent reading literature in this area, publishing many of the leading authors in the field, and hanging around antiquarian bookshops.

About the Narrator

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is also an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.