8 eye-opening books about secret societies

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Throughout history, we come across names of different secret societies. In every era, they are accompanied by different speculations and rumours. However, in the course of history, they have also done some irreparable damage. To understand a large chunk of history, we need to understand the workings of secret societies. Besides the motive of fascination and curiosity, we need to understand them for their significant role in world politics. They are the most powerful and controlling group in the world.

Reading nonfiction books about secret societies can be tedious and can sometimes take away all the fascination. However, we have made a list of entertaining and interesting books that can make you aware of the history of secret societies. If you are a newbie, completely unaware of the past or well-read in it, we have a list of 8 eye-opening books about secret societies. Go ahead and grab your favourite.

8 eye-opening books about secret societies

1. Secret Societies: Revelations About the Freemasons, Templars, Illuminati, Nazis, and the Serpent Cults by Philip Gardiner

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesJune 15, 2007

256 pages

If you are looking for a book that can give you a brief account of numerous secret societies then Secret Societies by Philip Gardiner should be your next read. It is a work of deep and detailed research by Philip Garddenir that uncovers secret societies like Serpent Cult, Freemasonry, Nazis, The Gnostics, Opus Dei, The Jesuits, The Knight of Malta, The order of the Golden Dawn, and many others. The author has done a fantastic job in correlating the secret societies with serpent worship and enlightenment ( the ancient serpent worship).  For a die heart fan of secret societies, it is a good go-through of all famous secret societies.

2. Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies: The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more by Arthur Goldwag

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesAugust 11, 2009

400 pages

Books play an important role in your fascination and curiosity about a certain topic. The  Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies by Arthur Goldwag offers an interesting and fun read about secret societies that keeps you hooked throughout the reading. Moving through different great historical events, it uncovers the working of different secret societies. It connects all the given information from origin to function and main characters. Besides, you will find a very unconventional style of writing. Highly recommended for both beginners and veterans. 

3. The Illuminati: The Secret Society That Hijacked the World by Jim Marrs

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesJune 13, 2017

400 pages

Many of us have heard about Illuminati. Jim Marrs, an award-winning journalist, in The Illuminati explores the truth behind the Illuminati group through facts. It is a historical read that unveils the workings, influence, and pernicious,  hidden power of the Illuminati’s world. Besides, it informs the readers about the origin, and founder of the group and how it transgressed in the world. It is a good choice for people who are seriously interested in The Illuminati. 

4. SECRET SOCIETIES AND CONSPIRACIES: Secret Society Opus Dei: Catholicism’s Secret Sect by Conrad Bauer

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesAugust 23, 2016

110 pages

Based on personal experience and facts of the author, Secret Societies and Conspiracies by Conrad Bauer textualizes the most controversial group of catholic forms i.e Opus Dei. Opus Dei is the most radical and divisive sect in the history of Catholics. Based on misogynistic policies, support of fascists, and aggressive recruiting, it is famous for its cult-like behaviour. In  Secret Societies, Conrad Bauer through research documents and interviews of former members exposes the controversial organization of Opus Dei. People interested in an in-depth study of Opus Dei should definitely read this.


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5. The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley 

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesMay 15, 2011

368 pages

The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society by Jasper Ridley offers a neutral read about the mason organization. It is a journey from myths and rumours to the truth and facts of masons. How and where they originated when and how they propagated in the world, particularly, in Europe and Asia. Besides, it also informs the readers about ins and outs of masons.  Its detailed study of freemasons makes it a good choice for an in-depth analysis of masons.

6. Secret Societies of America’s Elite: From the Knights Templar to Skull and Bones by Steven Sora

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesMarch 30, 2003

336 pages

Secret societies have had and still have enormous control over world politics. America is in no way different. Secret Societies by Steven Sora unveils the powerful influence and correlation of secret societies and America’s elite class. Explaining how secret societies in history have helped the elite class to develop their fortune, it reveals the tactics of the elite class controlling the political game of America. In addition, it consists of a plethora of information for beginners and refreshers. 

7. Secret Societies: Unmasking the Illuminati, Freemasons & Knights Templar by Lightning Guide

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesJune 10, 2015

109 pages

There are very few books which help you distinguish between myths, rumours and facts about secret societies. The Secret Societies by Lightning Guide is one of those books that provide both rumours and facts and help you distinguish between them. Along with the mainstream groups, it also explores some of the outside groups; groups that are not very well known. In addition, it studies and analyzes the working framework of secret societies, and how it influenced the world.

8. A History of Secret Societies by Arkon Darul

8 eye-opening books about secret societiesNovember 1, 2000

206 pages

As the name suggests, A History of Secret Societies is a journey of exploring secret societies from dated history to the present time. From how and when they are established to where and why they work, it takes you deep down to the realities of secret societies. Some famous societies included are The Gnostics, Old man of the Mountain, and the Freemasons. All of the information given represents the sound research and investigation on the author’s part. Fans of nonfiction and secret societies will regret skipping it.


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