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  • How to Start Your Own Secret Societyby Nick Harding

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 8.74

    Rejected by the Freemasons? Not bright enough for the Illuminati? Burnt by the Hell Fire Club? No friends in high places to get you into the Bilderberg or the Bohemian Grove? Feeling isolated and powerless? Fear not. There is an answer… Why not start your own secret society to add an air of mystery to your life and instantly alter the way you are... more...

  • Freimaurer für Dummiesby Christopher Hodapp

    Wiley 2015; US$ 11.50

    Geheime Bruderschaften, undurchsichtige Rituale und rätselhafte Symbole - da findet sich reichlich Stoff für Spekulationen und Verschwörungstheorien. "Freimaurer für Dummies" schafft Klarheit. Es beschreibt, wann und warum die Freimaurer gegründet wurden, erläutert die Rituale, erklärt die Symbole und deren Entwicklung... more...

  • The Anti-Masonic Party in the United Statesby William Preston Vaughn

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Here, for the first time in more than eighty years, is a detailed study of political Antimasonry on the national, state, and local levels, based on a survey of existing sources. The Antimasonic party, whose avowed goal was the destruction of the Masonic Lodge and other secret societies, was the first influential third party in the United States and... more...

  • The Ku Klux Klan in the Southwestby Charles C. Alexander

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    This is a study of a disturbing phenomenon in American society -- the Ku Klux Klan -- and that eruption of nativism, racism and moral authoritarianism during the 1920s in the four states of the Southwest -- Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas -- in which the Klan became especially powerful. The hooded order is viewed here as a move by frustrated... more...

  • Associations and the Chinese State: Contested Spacesby Jonathan Unger

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    What role do Chinese popular associations play in the expansion of civil society and democratization? Under Mao few associations were permitted to exist, while today over 200,000 associations are officially recognized. Are they important foundations of civil society, or vehicles for state corporatism and control? In this book leading China specialists... more...

  • The Ku Klux Klan in Western Pennsylvania, 1921?1928by John Craig

    Lehigh University Press 2014; US$ 79.99

    This book details extensive Klan activism in western Pennsylvania, 1921-1928, a region where two hundred thousand residents joined the KKK. The racist, nativist organization would be responsible for numerous acts of violence, including two large-scale deadly riots. more...

  • Mysteries and Conspiraciesby Luc Boltanski

    Wiley 2014; US$ 26.95

    The detective story, focused on inquiries, and in its wake the spy novel, built around conspiracies, developed as genres in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During the same period, psychiatry was inventing paranoia, sociology was devising new forms of causality to explain the social lives of individuals and groups and political science... more...

  • Freemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930by Lynn Dumenil

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 41.00

    As the United States moved from Victorian values to those of modern consumerism, the religious component of Freemasonry was increasingly displaced by a secular ideology of service (like that of business and professional clubs), and the Freemasons' psychology of asylum from the competitive world gave way to the aim of good fellowship" within it. This... more...

  • The Athenaeumby Dan Cohn-Sherbok

    Impress Books 2014; US$ 6.99

    The Athenaeum was founded in 1824 as a meeting place for those who enjoy the life of the mind. Over the years its members have included scientists, clergy, lawyers, artists, writers, civil servants, doctors and academics. In its history 52 members have won the Nobel Prize. Frequently serious discussions take place in the Drawing Room, the Coffee Room,... more...

  • Fishing with Harryby Tony Baws; Suzie Baws

    Merlin Unwin Books Limited 2014; US$ 9.84

    Harry, an incorrigible, engaging and dapper biscuit salesman in his forties, ex-Army and the City, becomes the unlikely angling companion of young Tony, the love-struck, shy 19-year-old accountant who is courting his step-daughter. Throughout the 1960s, this unique fishing friendship is cemented via a series of largely nocturnal fishing jaunts across... more...