Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide by Craig HeimbichnerRitual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide by Craig Heimbichner

Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide

byCraig Heimbichner, Adam Parfrey

Hardcover | March 16, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$40.05 online 
$44.50 list price save 10%
Earn 200 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Adam Parfrey is one of the nation's most provocative publishers."-Seattle Weekly"Secret society historian Craig Heimbichner follows the Middle Path to wisdom. He works the graveyard shift in the secret lodge."-Joan d'Arc,Paranoia magazineSecret societies-now a staple of bestseller novels-are pictured as sinister cults that use hooded albinos to menace truth-seekers. Some conspiracy books claim that fraternal orders are the work of serpentine aliens and interbred humans who wish to supplant earth of its energy, and later, its very existence.On the other side of the aisle, books by high-ranked Freemasons-skeptical in tone but no less partisan in approach-protect their organization's public image by denying the existence of its most contentious ideas.Ritual America reveals the biggest secret of them all: that the influence of fraternal brotherhoods on this country is vast, fundamental, and hidden in plain view. In the early twentieth century, as many as one-third of America belonged to a secret society. And though fezzes and tiny car parades are almost a thing of the past, the Gnostic beliefs of Masonic orders are now so much a part of the American mind that the surrounding pomp and circumstance has become faintly unnecessary.The authors ofRitual America contextualize hundreds of rare and many never-before printed images with entertaining and far-reaching commentary, making an esoteric subject provocative, exciting, and approachable.Adam Parfreyis the author ofCult Rapture: Revelations of the Apocalyptic Mind andIt's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps. He is editor of the influential Apocalypse Culture seriesLove, Sex, Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.Craig Heimbichnerhas recently appeared on a National Geographic documentary about the Bohemian Grove, contributed to the Feral House compilationSecret and Suppressed II, and wrote about the famous occult order the O.T.O. inBlood and Altar."Adam Parfrey is one of the nation's most provocative publishers."-Seattle Weekly"Secret society historian Craig Heimbichner follows the Middle Path to wisdom. He works the graveyard shift in the secret lodge."-Joan d'Arc,Paranoia magazineSecret societies-now a staple of bestseller novels-are pictured as sinister cults that use hooded albinos to menace truth-seekers. Some conspiracy books claim that fraternal orders are the work of serpentine aliens and interbred humans who wish to supplant earth of its energy, and later, its very existence.On the other side of the aisle, books by high-ranked Freemasons-skeptical in tone but no less partisan in approach-protect their organization's public image by denying the existence of its most contentious ideas.Ritual America reveals the biggest secret of them all: that the influence of fraternal brotherhoods on this country is vast, fundamental, and hidden in plain view. In the early twentieth century, as many as one-third of America belonged to a secret society. And though fezzes and tiny car parades are almost a thing of the past, the Gnostic beliefs of Masonic orders are now so much a part of the American mind that the surrounding pomp and circumstance has become faintly unnecessary.The authors ofRitual America contextualize hundreds of rare and many never-before printed images with entertaining and far-reaching commentary, making an esoteric subject provocative, exciting, and approachable.Adam Parfreyis the author ofCult Rapture: Revelations of the Apocalyptic Mind andIt's a Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, the Postwar Pulps. He is editor of the influential Apocalypse Culture seriesLove, Sex, Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.Craig Heimbichnerhas recently appeared on a National Geographic documentary about the Bohemian Grove, contributed to the Feral House compilationSecret and Suppressed II, and wrote about the famous occult order the O.T.O. inBlood and Altar."
Craig Heimbichner: Craig Heimbichner has contributed to Secret and Suppressed II (Feral House), and The Paranoia Conspiracy Reader. He recently appeared on Decoded" (History Channel) analyzing The Bohemian Grove. 'Secret society historian Craig Heimbichner follows the Middle Path to wisdom. He stays awake when we are all asleep. He...
Loading
Title:Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual GuideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.32 inPublished:March 16, 2012Publisher:Feral HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1936239140

ISBN - 13:9781936239146

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Ritual America is an impeccably designed and wide-ranging survey of the topic that indulges in neither sensationalism nor extreme skepticism. Parfrey and Heimbichner cover Freemasons and Oddfellows, Jesters and Rosicrucians. They mine the possible Masonic roots of Mormons and magic. - Brian Doherty, Reason.com "Ritual America is an impeccably designed and wide-ranging survey of the topic that indulges in neither sensationalism nor extreme skepticism. Parfrey and Heimbichner cover Freemasons and Oddfellows, Jesters and Rosicrucians. They mine the possible Masonic roots of Mormons and magic. - Brian Doherty, Reason.com"