An experienced Freemason and award-winning
psychologist provides a precise and engaging exploration of the
core meaning and practices of Freemasonry for the new generation of
people interested in joining the order, and those who are simply
curious in the wake of recent media coverage.
Entertaining books and movies often depict Freemasonry as a
shadowy, mysterious, and possibly sinister organization, and the TV
and magazine specials on Freemasonry that inevitably follow often
leave us with more questions than answers.
Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, a practicing thirty-second-degree Mason,
has created a simple, authoritative, and easy-to-understand
introduction to the history, rites, and meaning of Freemasonry. It
may be the single most reliable short guide to Masonry, written by
a widely recognized psychologist and scholar of esoteric
Koltko-Rivera''s trustworthy handbook explores all the basic
issues around Masonry, like:
*What is Freemasonry, and what is its history?
*How does one become a Freemason?
*What are some of the most important Masonic symbols?
*What do Masons get from their involvement in Freemasonry? What
changes does it make in their inner and outer lives?
*What is it like to participate in the initiatory rituals of
*What are some of the great historical controversies and myths
*How is Masonry relevant today?