The Secret History of the World

  • by Jonathan Black
  • Narrated by Robert Powell
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here, for the first time, is a complete history of the world based on the beliefs and writings of secret societies, researched with the help of an initiate of more than one secret society.From the occult roots of science to the esoteric motives behind American foreign policy, this fascinating history shows that the basic facts of human existence on this planet can be viewed from many very different angles. And once our viewpoint has been altered, we will see that secret philosophies are encoded everywhere around us - in great art and literature, in the arrangement of the pips in an apple, in the names of the days of the week, even in the very stories we tell our children.

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Yet another

It's entertaining to listen to this book but its promise of revealing the hidden truths behind religions and secret organisations of the world is certainly not delivered.
Many of these 'shocking truths' are recycled from previous accounts of esoteric religions and many of the connections between Chritianity and initiation cults are already cited.
I found the descriptions of the suppossed early world to be imaginative and absorbing but as it progressed into more recent history this book tried to find connections between almost every significant event and character in history as if they all stemmed from the same source.
You definately know you are in hack territory when the author starts to compare themes in the book to The Matrix films (perhaps a certain ex-football commentator is the real author of this book), and the way in which the author tries to explain away the changes in society and culture from ancient times to modern day as some grand scheme that is foretold in the mystery schools is like a third rate episode of the x-files.
The book is full of ridiculous statements delivered as truths.
At one point the author, when talking about Dante, says that Dante was the first person to fall in love at first sight, and, this ushered in a whole new way of thinking to that time. The first absurdity of this statement is that for any concept, such as falling in love, to be understood by the reader it needs to already exist in the world. The idea that because Dante was an initaite of a secret religious order he was able to invent a new emotion in the human mind is absurd.
Also, when the author talks of The Antrum of Initiation, Baia, Italy he sites Robert Temple as the discoverer of this ancient maze of tunnels, neglecting to give credit to R. F. Paget who actually discovered them in the 60s. It is these types of selective journalism and fuzzy logic that make this book third rare. I don't know how Robert Powell kept a straight face reading it.
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- Philip

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2007
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd