Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | October 21, 2014

    Katha Pollitt: IMG My Bookstore Fantasy — No Customers Necessary



    "Let's open a bookstore," I say to my husband every now and then. "A used bookstore. With a few new books we really like." I'm picturing an... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$29.95
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Metaphysics- Secret Societies
1 Local Warehouse Americana- General
2 Remote Warehouse Sociology- Freemasonry

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

by

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

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Secret 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 of Ritual 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.

Review:

"There have been hundreds of clandestine clubs in America, but as Coleman notes in the foreword, we ' not know much about the hidden landscape in which we live everyday.' In unmasking this 'widespread covert reality' — a motley group of secret societies from Elks and Masons to the Ku Klux Klan, the Bohemian Club, and the Rosicrucians — Heimbichner, a contributor to Paranoia magazine, and Parfrey (editor of Apocalypse Culture) survey secret passwords, garments, handshakes, songs, and initiations to show how these offbeat orders and brotherhoods have shaped America. The pages are packed with unusual images, many not previously printed, in paper ephemera, postcards, cartoons, sheet music, and art by numerous illustrators, along with kooky costumes and helmets. Controversial figures such as Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard and 'Masonic Pope' Albert Pike are profiled. One bizarre section has ads for items (like axes) used in hazings and sadistic initiation pranks. The military is described as 'a bastion of Masonic membership,' and a dubious connection is drawn between waterboarding and 'fraternal traditions.' The total effect is that of a tattered, bulging scrapbook of outre oddities on high-quality slick paper with an attractive graphic design." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

An engaging, humorous, and startling look at how fraternal orders and secret societies shaped American life.

About the Author

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 works the graveyard shift in the secret lodge. He break-dances with the skeletons in the closet. He does the hokey-pokey with his whole body in. He shakes it all about. He turns himself around. And he tells us what "IT" is all about." Joan dArc, Paranoia The Conspiracy Reader

Adam Parfrey wrote and edited Apocalypse Culture, Cult Rapture, Apocalypse Culture II, It's a Man's World, and The Secret Source. Steven Heller lionized Parfrey and Feral House in the Winter 2010 issue of Print Magazine, and The Seattle Weekly featured Parfrey and his publishing in a November 2010 cover story in Seattle Weekly magazine.

In Apocalypse Culture, Parfrey introduced readers to freemasonic inquiry, leading to such pop culture manifestations as Marilyn Manson's song, "Kiing/Kill 33"...

Product Details

ISBN:
9781936239146
Author:
Parfrey, Adam
Publisher:
Feral House
Author:
Heimbichner, Craig
Subject:
Americana-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Over Board
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color and BandW photographs and illustra
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

Other books you might like

  1. The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What... Used Trade Paper $4.95
  2. Werewolf Club Ready for Chapters... New Trade Paper $4.99
  3. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency New Trade Paper $5.99
  4. Looking for Bobowicz: A Hoboken... Used Hardcover $7.50
  5. Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl New Trade Paper $16.95
  6. Chemistry of Fireworks New Trade Paper $43.25

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » General
Computers and Internet » Networking » General
Featured Titles » Arts
Featured Titles » General
History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Social Science » Freemasonry
History and Social Science » World History » General
Metaphysics » Secret Societies
Religion » Islam » General
Science and Mathematics » Featured Titles in Tech » Computers

Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$29.95 In Stock
Product details 340 pages Feral House - English 9781936239146 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "There have been hundreds of clandestine clubs in America, but as Coleman notes in the foreword, we ' not know much about the hidden landscape in which we live everyday.' In unmasking this 'widespread covert reality' — a motley group of secret societies from Elks and Masons to the Ku Klux Klan, the Bohemian Club, and the Rosicrucians — Heimbichner, a contributor to Paranoia magazine, and Parfrey (editor of Apocalypse Culture) survey secret passwords, garments, handshakes, songs, and initiations to show how these offbeat orders and brotherhoods have shaped America. The pages are packed with unusual images, many not previously printed, in paper ephemera, postcards, cartoons, sheet music, and art by numerous illustrators, along with kooky costumes and helmets. Controversial figures such as Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard and 'Masonic Pope' Albert Pike are profiled. One bizarre section has ads for items (like axes) used in hazings and sadistic initiation pranks. The military is described as 'a bastion of Masonic membership,' and a dubious connection is drawn between waterboarding and 'fraternal traditions.' The total effect is that of a tattered, bulging scrapbook of outre oddities on high-quality slick paper with an attractive graphic design." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , An engaging, humorous, and startling look at how fraternal orders and secret societies shaped American life.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.