Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies by Arthur Goldwag
The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, the Illmuniati, Skull & Bones, Black Helicopters, teh New World Order, and Many, Many More (Vintage)

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Did you know?

• Freemasonry's first American lodge included a young Benjamin Franklin among its members.

• The Knights Templar began as impoverished warrior monks then evolved into bankers.

• Groom Lake, Dreamland, Homey Airport, Paradise Ranch, The Farm, Watertown Strip, Red Square, “The Box,” are all names for Area 51.

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Arthur Goldwag

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Arthur Goldwag is the author of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies and 'Isms & 'Ologies. A freelance writer and editor for more than thirty years, he has worked at Book-of-the-Month Club, Random House, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City.
Published August 7, 2009 by Vintage. 386 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Indeed, cults and secret societies rarely seem to inspire G-rated behavior, as witness the cases of cult leader Aleister Crowley (his motto was "Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law") and Yale's secretive Skull and Bones Society (which is rumored to hold naked mud wrestling matches).

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