Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies

  • by Arthur Goldwag
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. Divided into three sections, its hundreds of entries separate facts from myths. Some topics are familiar: the Kennedy assassinations, the Bilderberg Group, the Illuminati, Area 51, the People's Temple, and Heaven's Gate - and some surprising, like Oulipo, a select group of intellectuals (Italo Calvino was a member) who created wild formulas for creating literary masterpieces, and the Chauffeurs, an 18th-century society of French home invaders, who set fire to their victims' feet. Easy to spend hours with and fun to dip into, and seasoned with just the right amount of common sense skepticism, Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies is a refreshing look at some of the most fascinating people, moments, and places in history.


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Customer Reviews

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Many interesting fact - BUT

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author obviously does not believe in conspiracies. As much as he tried to convince the listener of his bias, he is thoroughly biased. He really should have prefaced the book with something like :

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- Dr.


Sounds exotic, but it's not very insightful, or even well-researched. A very superficial look at some cultic groups. No secrets exposed here.
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- Dean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio