Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mark Booth's SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORLD Now in Paperback

The Secret History of the World, Mark Booth's enthralling intellectual tour of secret societies, is now available in paperback. 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!

The Secret History of the World, an Overlook bestseller for over two years, charges 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 for 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- author Mark 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.

Praise for The Secret History of the World:

"Step right up, folks, and read the one true guide to Western and Eastern esoteric societies from the Freemasons to the Rosicrucians."

“An entire library’s worth of scholarship [in] a single volume.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Authentically mind-boggling.” —Kirkus

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

“The Secret History of the World is one of those rare works. It's a mindboggling adventure that I recommend to anyone who has a thirst for knowledge and a desire for an alternate glimpse into the past.” – Midwest Book Review

“Booth’s luminous prose, his fast-paced storytelling, and his astonishing breadth and depth of knowledge about a multitude of secret societies provide breathtaking glimpses into worlds that heretofore have been little explored. . . A brilliant, exhaustive, ground-breaking study.” - ForeWord Magazine

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I got through three chapters of this book. When I found myself skimming and skipping by chapter four, I stopped. Two thoughts keep clouding my mind.

The second thought is the more important. If all this spiritualiy is so wonderful and worth sharing, why is it "secret"? I know why the Templars went secret. That was necessity but what about today in this country? I can think of only one reason. Polish it, glorify it, make it mysterious and people will pay a fortune to get it. The harder something is to get, the more people are willing to sacrifice for it.

My first, and less important though is that this is the same as with a "healthy diet", "proper meditation", "great exercises", etc. It has to be foreign, far away, ancient, with people whose names are unpronounceable and who often cannot even be proven to have lived. To eat healthy, go Chinese, Indian and Italian. Forget American. To know the secrets of life, go back to 8,000 B.C. in Egypt or Ethiopa.

Some day someone will present an American lifestyle - physical, mental and spiritual. We will not need to go Egyptian and Chinese to know the truth or eat healthy.