Behind Closed Doors: The Power and Influence of Secret SocietiesHardback
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- Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 242mm x 28mm | 721g
- Publication date: 30 November 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1845379373
- ISBN 13: 9781845379377
- Illustrations note: 2 X inserts of 8pp b&w photographs/illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,967,254
Custodians of secret knowledge, preservers of traditions or simply places of discreet and influential contacts, secret societies have played a fundamental role in the development of world history. But these covert organisations are not consigned to the past; from powerful political bodies and curious religious sects to obscure and sometimes sinister private organisations, secret societies still play a major role in the modern world."Behind Closed Doors" explores how bodies as diverse as the secretive Trilateral Commission, Opus Dei, the Freemasons and the Church of Scientology influence the society we live in. Drawing on the history and power of ancient organisations such as the Knights Templar, the Illuminati and the mystical followers of Mithraism, the book unveils the knowledge, structures and ambitions of the secret societies of the past and their impact on their modern successors.Revelatory, shocking and fascinating, "Behind Closed Doors" is an essential guide to understanding the secret forces at work in the world today.
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Michael Streeter is a freelance writer, and the author of many books on history and the occult. He is the author of Witchcraft: A secret history (Fair Winds) and has also written about the influence of ancient ideas on Western life in The Mediterranean: Cradle of European culture (New Holland).