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"A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him;
for what he reads as a task will do him little good."

Samuel Johnson (1709–84), English author, lexicographer.

Reading is always a pleasure. In these days of online activity, having the feel of a book in hand makes life seem more contemplative although admittedly, we're being seduced more often with Amazon's Kindle and our Masonic iPhone so that wherever we are, we've got a whole library at hand. Below, we've done a number of book reviews for works you may find of interest. Some of these laud the work while others will warn you against wasting your money.

Below you'll find our thoughts on a bunch of books so you can get a 'flavor' of some things you might want to get your hands on. There are, in some cases, lengthy descriptions while in others it's a quick summarization so you'll understand what the book is all about. The opinions are mine alone unless otherwise noted. Those who may have enjoyed and believed a particular book may not appreciate or understand our designations, especially when we use the label of "historical fiction" on many currently popular books about the Knights Templar!  Knights Templar? Controversy?  HAH!

This listing includes books of various types including both pro- and anti-Masonic and those which don't fall into either category.

Often we get inquiries about 'what to read' to learn all about Freemasonry. Start below with the books having the      graphic with them. You can head to our 'reading list' page here for an interesting compilation of works. Further, and in addition to the reviews on our site, there is a VERY comprehensive listing of Masonic-related books along with dates/locations of various reviews as well as links to those reviews which appear on the internet put together by Bro. Paul Bessel on his website at

Our Reviews, Summaries and Descriptions

Albert Pike - Several books to help you learn more about the man and his philosophy.

Books about the Illuminati for your consideration

Some interesting books about the Knights Templar
in addition to the several below

101 Things you Didn't Know about the Freemasons
Barb Karg and John K. Young, Ph.D.

Adam's Return - The Five Promises of Male Initiation
Richard Rohr

The "Adept" Series
Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Harris

American Freemasons
Mark A. Tabbert - A MUST HAVE book

 ...and the truth shall set you free!
David Icke 

Behind the Lodge Door
Paul A. Fisher

The Better Angels of Our Nature
Michael A. Halleran


The Book of Fate
Brad Meltzer

The Boy Who Cried Wolf - The Book That Breaks Masonic Silence
Richard P. Thorn, M.D.

Born in Blood
John J. Robinson

The Brotherhood
Stephen Knight

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry
S. Brent Morris, Ph.D. (Updated)


A Concise Dictionary of Cults & Religions
William Watson

Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies
Christopher Hodapp & Alice Von Kannon

Cult & Ritual Abuse
James Randall Noblitt & Pamela Sue Perskin

A Culture of Conspiracy
Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America

Michael Barkun

The Dark Side of Freemasonry
Ed Decker

David vs. Goliath
David S. Julian

The DaVinci Code
Dan Brown

The Deadly Deception
Jim Shaw with Tom McKenney

Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends and Evil Plots of the 21st Century

Richard Roeper

The Enigma of the freemasons
Tim Wallace-Murphy

Empower the People
Tony Brown

Freemasonry - A Celebration of the Craft
John Hammill & John Gilbert

The Invisible Cult In Our Midst

Jack Harris

Freemasonry and Judaism
Vicomte Leon de Poncin

Freemasonry in the 21st Century
Don Bradley

Freemasonry: Mankind's Hidden Enemy
Bro. Charles Madden

Rituals, Symbols & History of the Secret Society

Mark Stavish

The Freemasons - A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
Jasper Ridley

Freemasons for Dummies
Christopher Hodapp - A MUST HAVE book

The Freemasons Key -
A study of Masonic Symbolism

Compiled by Michael Poll

Henry Ford and the Jews
Neil Baldwin

Hidden Secrets of Freemasonry
Cathy Burns

The Hiram Key
Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

Hitler and the Occult
Ken Anderson

Dominic Torr

The Holy Blood and
The Holy Grail
Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh

Sébastien PERETTI (Narrator)

Into Masonic Light
Doublas Wood & Dimitar Mavrov



Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?
Art deHoyos & S. Brent Morris

The Knights Templar and their Myth
(formerly: Murdered Magicians)
Peter Partner

The Lost Symbol
Dan Brown

The Magic Flute Unveiled
Jacques Chailley

Mason & Dixon
Thomas Pynchon

The Masonic Myth
Jay Kinney
- A MUST HAVE book

Masonic Rites and Wrongs
Steven Tsoulakas

Masonry - Beyond the Light
William Schnoebelen

Master of the Mysteries
The Life of Manley Palmer Hall

Louis Sahagun

The Meaning of Masonry
Lynn F. Perkins

Morals and Dogma
Albert Pike

The Scandal that Shook Freemasonry

Stephen Dafoe

The Occult Conspiracy
Michael Howard

Terry Melanson

A Pilgrim's Path, One Man's Road
to the Masonic Temple
John Robinson
The Plot
The Secret Story of the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Will Eisner
with introduction by Umberto Eco
Quips, Squibs and Some Curiosities
Leon Zeldis
Rebel Gold (Shadow of the Sentinel)
Warren Getler and Bob Brewer
Reasoning from the Scriptures with Masons
Ron Rhodes
An EXCELLENT REVIEW from David S. Julian
Red Cross of Gold (Templar Fiction)
Brendan Carroll

The Religion of Technology
David Noble

Revolutionary Brotherhood
Steven C. Bullock
 - A MUST HAVE book

Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail

Tim Wallace-Murphy & Marilyn Hopkins

The Rosslyn Hoax
Robert L. D. Cooper

Royal Masonic Cyclopedia
Kenneth Mackenzie

The Second Messiah
Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

Secret & Silent Men of 1798 (The Great Irish Rebeillion)
James Caulfield

The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital
David Ovason

The Secret Founding of America
Nicholas Hagger

The Secret History of Freemasonry
Jeffrey Harwood

The Secret History of Freemasonry
It's Origins and Connections to the Knights Templar

Paul Naudon

Secret Plots & Hidden Agendas
What You Don't Know About Conspiracy Theories

Paul T. Coughlin

The Secrets of Masonic Washington: A guidebook of signs, symbols, and ceremonies at the origin of America's Capital
James Wasserman

Solomon's Builders
Freemasons, Founding Fathers
and the Secrets of Washington, DC
Christopher Hodapp

 Symbolism of Mystic Masonry
J. D. Buck

The Templar Code for Dummies
Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon

The Temple and The Lodge
Michael Baigent & Richard Leigh

The Treasure of Rennes-Le-Château
A Mystery Solved
Bill Putnam and John Edward Wood

 Two Crowns For America
Katherine Kurtz

 Unlikely Collaboration: Gertrude Stein, Bernard Fay and the Vichy Dilemma
Barbara Will

Unholy Worship?
Stephen Dafoe 





The Grand Lodge of Masons in Maine in the US has begun an educational endeavor known as the Maine Masonic College. They are building book lists on various subjects including books that only tangentially relate to actual Masonic matters but which should, nevertheless, be considered by anyone wanting to be well-read. We encourage you to look at their website found here.

Want to know about the other books we've read? Head to Library Thing and check us out!

Freemasonry Revealed - Click HereAnd something you may want to check out is an interesting on-line work which tells about the history and background of Freemasonry. Click on the icon: it's pretty interesting.


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