They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history - or what we have 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 new 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.
History is more than a list of things that have happened; it's a measure of consciousness and experience. And in The Secret History of the World, Booth's take on history is relentless, charging through time and space and thought in interdisciplinary fashion. Embracing cognitive science, religion, psychology, historiography, and philosophy, he draws a new timeline, 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.
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A unique perspective
As as an author and student of esoteric history myself, I wasn't really expecting to learn anything new from this book, but I was happily surprised. What Mark Booth accomplished so deftly was the the tying together of the long and divergent aspects of the secret history of the world into a single, coherent story about the evolution of consciousness. And his observations about the importance of certain historical figures were sometimes quite stunning. I'm a non-believer, and while I've always thought of Jesus as a charismatic man, great teacher, and someone crucial to the history of civilization, Booth's assertion that he was pivotal in the evolution of human psychology -- being the first person to espouse the virtue of an individual loving one's fellow man -- hit me like a brick. Likewise, I've always been peeved at Freud for his male-centric theories, but Mark Booth points out that Freud introduced the world to the notion of the subconscious. Suddenly these two figures (as well as several others) assumed their rightful positions in the evolution of human thought. This book is jam-packed with facts and is sometimes a bit dense, but it's never dull. I suggest if you start feeling bogged down, skip ahead a little. You'll surely find yourself immersed in something fascinating in the next chapter. The reader, John Lee, has a very cultured British accent. I liked it very much.
Brilliant, Though Slightly Flawed
The author has provided a thouroughly well researched history of esoterica, but you might find he's occassionally drawing unfounded conclusions unless you have a background in this subject.
He argues this topic as a polemic. He wants to convince the reader of his point of view, which is extremely well done, but rationally off the mark in a few areas. I'm going to make a few leaps here myself that people will not understand unless they are well versed in Gnosticism.
First, he argues for a "Mind First, Matter Second" perspective on our universe. This is a clear understanding of Mystery School dualism, but it makes the same mistakes they did, as well. To leap to the end of it all, here it is: The Infinite. It shook up the Mystery Schools pretty well, too. Once the infinite is proved, this dualsim is made moot. Mind and Matter are ultimately one thing.
Materialism is once again useful in an infinite and perfect universe. Infinite perfection is rationalized by Descartes, proven geometrically by the Reiman Sphere and the resultant infinite dualities are resolved via a Helgelian dialectical operation which uses the Golden Mean as the constant.
I wrote a book on this topic and it's available at Amazon for your Kindle. Search for my name: Russell Martocci if you would like to know more of my thinking on this topic.
- R. Martocci