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The Secret History of the World

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Penguin
 | 
January, 2009
ISBN:
9781590201626
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$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history—or what we have come to know as history—has 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 and now famous 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 3,000 years.

In fact if anything in this history is true, then everything your teachers taught you is thrown into question. I suspect this prospect doesn’t alarm you.

As one of the devotees of the ancient and secret philosophy so memorably put it: You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.

A Secret History of the World 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 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 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up.

To help with the all-important work of the imagination there are strange and uncanny illustrations integrated throughout, some of which have not previously been seen outside the secret societies.

“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

Publisher’s Description: 

They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history-or what we 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 and now famous 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 3,000 years.

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 3,000 years of hidden wisdom to back it up.

What if everything we've been told is only part of the story? And what if it's the wrong part? Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we're taught about the world's past is corrupted - the author produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years. Booth is relentless, charging through time and space and thought in interdisciplinary fashion, embracing cognitive science, religion, psychology, historiography, and philosophy, and restoring a huge swath of our cultural heritage that has for long been hidden. Now in paper. 512 pp.

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