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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:
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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 three thousand 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 three thousand years of hidden wisdom to back it up.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.