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Secret Societies of America's Elite: From the Knights Templar to Skull and Bonesby Steven Sora
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An expose of the dark and critical role secret societies play within the ruling families in America and their influence on American democracy, current events, and world history.
• Reveals the enormous influence secret societies still have on contemporary American life.
• Shows how the secret Masonic cells that smuggled in the democratic ideals inspiring the American Revolution also enabled the future elite of the new society to build huge fortunes.
Elite and secret societies have always been a major force in the history of Western civilization. The alliances formed in secret societies such as the Knights Templar, the Knights of Christ, and the Freemasons transcended patriotism and religious beliefs and had a powerful influence on the establishment of the United States of America. While these secret associations of merchants, smugglers, occultists, gamblers, spies, and slavers succeeded in freeing the United States from foreign domination, the dark side is that the elite used their secret connections to further their own wealth and power. These secret cells did not hesitate to sponsor the assassination of a president and even attempted to break up the union on several occasions when it was deemed expedient.
From the Sons of Liberty and the Essex Junto to the Ku Klux Klan, secret societies have played critical roles in building the fortunes of America's elite. Now Steven Sora reveals in alarming detail how secretive societies continue to wield power even today as organizations such as Yale's Skull & Bones unite America's modern ruling families as strongly as Masonic Lodges once connected the Astors, Livingstons, and Roosevelts. Their immense power and wealth allow this elite to control America to an even greater degree than the Templars once dominated Europe.
Secret societies have played critical roles in building the fortunes of America's elite. They continue to wield power even today as organizations such as Yale's Skull & Bones unite America's modern ruling families as strongly as Masonic Lodges once connected the Astors, Livingstons, and Roosevelts.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-316) and index.
About the Author
Steven Sora has been researching historical enigmas since 1982 and is the author of The Triumph of the Sea Gods, The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar and Secret Societies of America’s Elite. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
Secret Societies of America's Elite
From the Knights Templar to Skull and Bones
Introduction: Born in Blood
Piracy: A Merry and a Short Life
Chapter 1 The New World Order
Chapter 2 Brothers to Pirates and Corsairs
Chapter 3 Under a Black Flag
Chapter 4 Skeletons in the Closet
The Lodge and the Revolution
Chapter 5 Smugglers, Patriots, and Masons
Chapter 6 Franklin and the Masonic Underground
Chapter 7 The Merchants of War
Chapter 8 The Bribe That Won the War
Chapter 9 One Nation Under the Great Architect
From the Sacred to the Profane
Chapter 10 The Slave Traders
Chapter 11 Red Cross and Black Cargo
Chapter 12 Master Masons and Their Slaves
Chapter 13 The Masonic Betrayal
Chapter 14 The Opium Brotherhood
Chapter 15 Opium: From the Lodge to the Den
Chapter 16 Wealth: The Legacy of the Opium Trade
Chapter 17 The Power of the New Skull and Bones
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