Books about Secret Societies

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"We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its influence—on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice . . . Its preparations are concealed . . . its mistakes are buried . . . no secret is revealed."
— President John F. Kennedy




Hidden History


The influence of Secret Societies on world history is more pervasive than most people realize. Secret networks of spies, financiers, and criminal operators have existed since ancient times and have influenced western civilization for centuries. Yet they are difficult to research because their activities are hidden, their records are not public, and they are protected by powerful people.

This collection of books was assembled in order to help people who would like to know more about the unseen forces behind world events research for themselves. Our focus is on historical subjects, especially wars, revolutions, and criminal syndicates between 1650 and 1980. We do not include books by living authors or discuss the activities of living persons.

Most of the following books were published by authors who did original research or made valuable disclosures in the pre-internet age. Their accounts upend much of what we think of as established history and their books are still valuable resources for the study of secret societies. Surprisingly, the problems of secret societies and organized criminal networks were discussed more openly a hundred years ago than they are today. This is because modern media is highly controlled and serious discussion of malevolent international conspiracies is forbidden.

Researching secret societies has always been challenging. No single author has all the answers or a complete picture of events. But every detail does not need to be resolved in order to see the hidden hand behind world events and the more you study, the more clear the picture becomes.

Think for yourself.
Research for yourself.
Trust yourself.

If you are new to researching these topics, we have written a short Secret Society FAQs that deals with difficult subjects (such as the Jewish Question). It also includes some specific recommendations regarding Reading Suggestions for the uninitiated.

Note: A century ago there was much discussion of a 'Jewish network' behind banking cartels, Freemasonry, and Bolshevism. During the 1950s a world-wide network of 'Communists' seemed to be the root of all trouble, and in recent years the bogeymen appear as 'Globalists' or the 'Deep State'. Appearances are deceptive! Look Beyond the Labels! If you look closely, the threads always lead back to the same international network of secret societies. See our FAQs for more information.



'Conspiracy Theory' Classics


Most prominent authors in the field of Secret Society research are regularly dismissed as "anti-Semitic", "Nazi's", "racist", "paranoid", "extremist" and "conspiracy theorists". They are maligned, misrepresented, and quoted out of context. The object of their detractors is to marginalize the authors so that their works remain unread. Nevertheless, the following historical authors are highly regarded by many of those who have actually read them. We respect their research and honor their contributions.

Ford       Fagan       Ramsay       Mullins       Carr       Butler       Flynn       McCarthy       Webster       Robison      


Henry Ford (1867-1947) — "The International Jew", was a series published in 1920-22 by the Dearborn Independent that intelligently addresses the "Jewish Peril." It is frequently condemned as "anti-Semitic", but it is, in fact, a fascinating, and meticulously documented "alternative" history of the United States. The author acknowledges that those he condemns as dangerous conspirators are a small minority of American Jews, and the only 'remedy' he proposes is public exposure of their underhanded methods and perfidious deceptions. His works provide detailed insights into the 'methods and operations' of a dangerous cabal with enormous power over the American government. And it is this exposure of their perfidious activities, suspicious foreknowledge of events, and manipulation of political institutions—rather than animus against Jews—that makes this an especially relevant, but 'dangerous' series.

These volumes cover many facets of Jewish-American operations and are of such great historical interest that we organized all eighty articles in the series by topic on This Page.

The International Jew Henry Ford     (1920) 157 pts
The International Jew
Henry Ford     (1920) 157 pts
Jewish Activities in U.S. Henry Ford     (1921) 142 pts
Jewish Activities in U.S.
Henry Ford     (1921) 142 pts
Jewish Influence in America Henry Ford     (1921) 160 pts
Jewish Influence in America
Henry Ford     (1921) 160 pts
Aspects of Jewish Power Henry Ford     (1922) 142 pts
Aspects of Jewish Power
Henry Ford     (1922) 142 pts


Myron Fagan (1887-1972) — Myron Fagan was a successful theatrical and movie producer who worked to expose corruption and communist agents in Hollywood during the "Red Scare" of the 1950's. He was not an original researcher but he tried to inform common Americans of the threat to their democracy posed by Secret Societies. His works are short, easy to understand, and directed to the general public. In this speech he focuses mainly on the operations of the 'illuminati' in the United States from the Civil War to the 1950s.

The Illuminati and the CFR Myron Fagan     (1959) 48 pts
The Illuminati and the CFR
Myron Fagan     (1959) 48 pts


Archibald Ramsay (1887-1972) — Captain Ramsay was a British MP who opposed Britain's involvement in European wars and believed the Soviet Union, backed by international banking cartels, was a greater threat to Britain than Nazi Germany. His book exposes "Jewish" influence on revolutionary activity in Europe and pro-war propaganda and manipulation. Ramsay faced tremendous backlash and criticism for his disclosures and was imprisoned without charges for the duration of WWII.

The Nameless War Archibald Ramsay     (1952) 74 pts
The Nameless War
Archibald Ramsay     (1952) 74 pts


Eustace Mullins (1923-2010) —Mullins began researching the Federal Reserve while working in the Library of Congress, and when he published his first exposé of the system he was dismissed from his job and blackballed by publishers. His subsequent works exposed the names and financial dealings of hundreds of malicious agents, particularly those associated with the Rothschild and Rockefeller financial networks. Mullins "follows the money" and exposes foundations, financial connections, and family networks that prove close coordination and cabal control of an enormous share of the American economy. His books are tremendously informative, and often shocking, but difficult to refute because of the depth of his research.

Secrets of the Federal Reserve Eustace Mullins     (1991) 150 pts
Secrets of the Federal Reserve
Eustace Mullins     (1991) 150 pts
New World Order Eustace Mullins     (1992) 211 pts
New World Order
Eustace Mullins     (1992) 211 pts
Rape of Justice Eustace Mullins     (1989) 285 pts
Rape of Justice
Eustace Mullins     (1989) 285 pts
Murder by Injection Eustace Mullins     (1986) 165 pts
Murder by Injection
Eustace Mullins     (1986) 165 pts
Curse of Canaan Eustace Mullins     (1987) 172 pts
Curse of Canaan
Eustace Mullins     (1987) 172 pts


William Guy Carr (1895-1959) —Carr was a Canadian Naval Officer, and an expert in Submarine Warfare. Before publishing his series of 'Conspiracy theory' classics, he wrote numerous books on naval warfare. Like many other researchers who begin their studies working from a nonsectarian point of view, Carr came to realize that Biblical history and the Canaanites were of enormous importance in understanding the 'Genesis' of Luciferian conspiracies and his later books were written from a Biblical viewpoint.

Pawns in the Game William Guy Carr     (1956) 200 pts
Pawns in the Game
William Guy Carr     (1956) 200 pts
Satan, Prince of this World William Guy Carr     (1966) 144 pts
Satan, Prince of this World
William Guy Carr     (1966) 144 pts


Smedley Butler (1881-1940) — Butler was a Marine corp officer and hero, the most decorated Marine in U.S. History. After 34 years fighting American Wars, from the Philippines to WWI, he became an outspoken critic of American foreign policy and engagement in foreign wars. By the end of his life he was an extreme critic of American military entanglements and advocated a non-interventionist foreign policy.

War is a Racket Smedley Butler     (1935) 35 pts
War is a Racket
Smedley Butler     (1935) 35 pts


John T. Flynn (1882-1964) — Flynn was an American journalist who began his career as a left-leaning, non-interventionist political reporter. At first he supported Roosevelt, but over time became increasingly critical and began to report on a pattern of mendacious and dictatorial behavior. Flynn stopped short of accusing Roosevelt himself of treason, but provided detailed accounts of the corruption, profligacy, betrayal and communist sympathies of those in FDR's administration. He also reported on the orchestrated propaganda, smear campaigns, perfidity, and outright lies of the complicit press corps. Flynn's meticulously researched accounts leave no question that Roosevelt, Truman and their advisors intentionally led the United States into war against the wishes of most Americans, knowingly sacrificed Eastern Europe to Stalin, and much of Asia to Communist forces. Flynn's books are an extermely important resource for understanding the truth about American involvement in WWII and the Cold War Era.

The Truth about Pearl Harbor John T. Flynn     (1945) 31 pts
The Truth about Pearl Harbor
John T. Flynn     (1945) 31 pts
The Smear Terror John T. Flynn     (1947) 34 pts
The Smear Terror
John T. Flynn     (1947) 34 pts
The Roosevelt Myth John T. Flynn     (1948) 258 pts
The Roosevelt Myth
John T. Flynn     (1948) 258 pts
The Lattimore Story John T. Flynn     (1949) 53 pts
The Lattimore Story
John T. Flynn     (1949) 53 pts
Militarism: The New Slavery John T. Flynn     (1955) 11 pts
Militarism: The New Slavery
John T. Flynn     (1955) 11 pts


"What is the average American to think when the New York Times and Herald-Tribune; the Methodist Bishop Oxnam and the Chicago Catholic Bishop Shiel; Gus Hall, National Secretary of the Communist Party; Adlai Stevenson and General Eisenhower are all united in one great cause—the war on Senator McCarthy because he is fighting Communists in Government? This curious collection of allies compels us to re-examine some of our cherished assumptions about America. If we will do that with candor, we will begin to understand why the Communist revolution in America is so terrifying a threat to our civilization." — John T. Flynn

Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) — Nothing illustrates the terrifying ability of Secret Societies' to smear and destroy their detractors, control public opinion, and falsify history better than the story of Joseph McCarthy. In conventional histories, he is vilified as a demogogue and bully who made 'reckless' and 'false' accusations' against hundreds of 'suspected' communists. The truth is McCarthy was a courageous patriot, and his real crime was to make extremely well substantiated charges of conspiracy and treason and against several very powerful people, including George Marshall (Secretary of Defense), and Dean Acheson (Secretary of State). In 'America's Retreat from Victory', McCarthy demonstrates that the loss of Eastern Europe and much of Asia to Soviet control following our 'victory' in WWII was intentionally orchestrated by high level agents in the American government, especially Marshall and Acheson, who knowingly worked to further the aims of International Communism.

The life, career, and reputation of Joseph McCarthey were systematically destroyed so that Americans would not read this book or recognize the seriousness of the charges he makes against the most powerful and 'respected' leaders of their government. Read it, understand the implications, and make your own decision.

America's Retreat from Victory Joseph McCarthy     (1951) 102 pts
America's Retreat from Victory
Joseph McCarthy     (1951) 102 pts


Nesta Webster (1876-1960) — Webster was an outstanding English scholar who did pioneering work in Secret Society research. Her books are meticulously researched and documented, so her work is cited by many other researchers. Her special areas of expertise include the French Revolution, revolutionary movements throughout Europe in the 19th century, and the prel18th century history of secret societies. Webster makes insightful and well founded claims and is always careful to distinguish what can and cannot be known with certainty. Her analysis of complicated situations is very intelligent and has aged well.

Secret Societies Nesta Webster     (1924) 288 pts
Secret Societies
Nesta Webster     (1924) 288 pts
The Cause of World Unrest Nesta Webster     (1920) 117 pts
The Cause of World Unrest
Nesta Webster     (1920) 117 pts
World Revolution Nesta Webster     (1921) 220 pts
World Revolution
Nesta Webster     (1921) 220 pts
Surrender of an Empire Nesta Webster     (1932) N/A
Surrender of an Empire
Nesta Webster     (1932) N/A
Boche and Bolshevik Nesta Webster     (1923) N/A
Boche and Bolshevik
Nesta Webster     (1923) N/A
The French Revolution Nesta Webster     (1919) N/A
The French Revolution
Nesta Webster     (1919) N/A


John Robison (1739-1805) — Robison is one of the Godfathers of Conspiracy Theory literature. He was a respected scientist and high ranking British Freemason whose landmark book exposed the Bavarian Illuminati and documented the involvement of Freemasonry in the French Revolution. It is of tremendous historical importance because it was widely read at the turn of the 19th century, and temporarily restrained the most noxious elements of American Freemasonry. It is a compelling and insightful book, but its lack of chapter topics and organization make it somewhat difficult for introductory readers to follow.

We are working on trying to make this work more accessible by breaking up certain long chapters (over 100 pages), and adding subtopic headings, but in the meantime refer interested readers to the project Gutenberg version.

Proofs of a Conspiracy John Robison     (1797) N/A
Proofs of a Conspiracy
John Robison     (1797) N/A



Protocols


All of the following texts are alleged to be authentic transcripts produced by leaders of secret organizations that explicitly state the techniques used by secret societies to gain control over people and governments. All have been called forgeries, or frauds, but in every case there is substantial evidence that they are authentic.

Protocols of the Elders of Zion Serge Nilus     (1906) 63 pts
Protocols of the Elders of Zion
Serge Nilus     (1906) 63 pts

A Fifteenth Century Protocol Serge Nilus     (1906)
A Fifteenth Century Protocol
Serge Nilus     (1906)
Permanent Instructions of the AltaVendita Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885)
Permanent Instructions of the AltaVendita
Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885)
Letter of Piccolo Tigre Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885)
Letter of Piccolo Tigre
Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885)

The English translation of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' caused an enormous uproar in Britain, including a lively debate in the London Morning Post. The authors of 'Cause of the World's Unrest' (some of whom remained anonymous) presented compelling evidence that a world-wide conspiracy promoting sedition and violent uprisings did in fact exist and that the 'Jewish Peril' was an authentic threat. Lucien Wolf, a one-man ADL (anti-Defamation League) argued that the 'Protocols' were a forgery inspired by anti-Semitic malice.

The Cause of World Unrest Nesta Webster     (1920) 117 pts
The Cause of World Unrest
Nesta Webster     (1920) 117 pts
Myth of Jewish Menace Lucien Wolf     (1921) 30 pts
Myth of Jewish Menace
Lucien Wolf     (1921) 30 pts



Freemasonry


The most familiar "secret society" in recent centuries is Freemasonry and its role in modern history is enormous. Freemasonry has been a major factor in every social conflict from the French Revolution to the Great War. Freemasonry embodies many characteristics common to other secret societies, such as a deceptive outer appearances, "degrees" of secret knowledge, and occult rites and symbolism.

The Catholic Church played an important role in opposing Freemasonry in the 19th century, and most of the following surveys were written by Catholic priests or Christian ministers. They describe the political intrigue, deceit and method of operation of Freemasonry as well as its rites, symbols, history, and relationship to Christianity.

War of the Antichrist Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885) 67 pts
War of the Antichrist
Rev. G. E. Dillon     (1885) 67 pts
Freemasonry and Judaism Leon de Poncins     (1928) 97 pts
Freemasonry and Judaism
Leon de Poncins     (1928) 97 pts
Anti-Christian Freemasonry Rev. E. Cahill     (1929) 93 pts
Anti-Christian Freemasonry
Rev. E. Cahill     (1929) 93 pts
Freemasonry Unveiled J. M. Caro     (1928) N/A
Freemasonry Unveiled
J. M. Caro     (1928) N/A
History of Jacobinism Augustin Barruel     (1797) N/A
History of Jacobinism
Augustin Barruel     (1797) N/A

Albert Pike was a 19th century authority on Scottish Rite Freemasonry, responsible for adapting English Freemasonry to suit the occult purposes of the 'illuminati'. This book is an invaluable reference which includes a wealth of information relating to the rites, symbolism, and philosophy of Freemasonry, Many of the symbols and rites described have important associations with Semitic history and culture, but their meanings are not accessible to the uninitiated. A good grouding in Jewish and Canannite history is helpful to understanding the significance of much of the information presented.

The text includes a great deal of Hebrew letters and symbolism that cannot be easily reproduced on the Heritage History website so we reference the Gutenberg version for online reading.

Freemasonry: Morals & Dogma Albert Pike     (1871) 666 pts
Freemasonry: Morals & Dogma
Albert Pike     (1871) 666 pts



Semitic History: Israelites and Canaanites


"I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the synagogue of Satan." — Revelation 2:9

Almost all 'Secret Society' research demonstrates links to a world wide criminal network under supposedly "Jewish" control. But it would be more accurate to describe the cabal leaders as "Semitic". Racially speaking, the ancient Phoenicians (Biblical Canaanites) were closely related to the Israelites, but instead of worshipping the God of Abraham they worshipped Baal, a fallen Angel. Many occult rites and symbols are closely related to the Canaanite religion and culture, so a study of both Jewish and Phoenician history provides helpful insights into the activities of secret societies.

After the fall of their Phoenician cities of Tyre and Carthage, the Canaanites dispersed throughout the Mediterranean while maintaining secret alliances. Some lived as Romans, Greeks, or Arabs, but a good number adopted Hebrew identities so the history of the 'Jews' remained entangled with that of their Phoenician brethren. Understanding that some Canaanite sects have embedded themselves within Jewish communities helps to explain a great deal about the relationship between so-called 'International Jews' and secret societies.

1000 Years of Jewish History Maurice Harris     (1904) 154 pts
1000 Years of Jewish History
Maurice Harris     (1904) 154 pts
History of Mediaval Jews Maurice Harris     (1907) 204 pts
History of Mediaval Jews
Maurice Harris     (1907) 204 pts
Modern Jewish History Maurice Harris     (1922) 102 pts
Modern Jewish History
Maurice Harris     (1922) 102 pts
The Story of Carthage Alfred J. Church     (1886) 108 pts
The Story of Carthage
Alfred J. Church     (1886) 108 pts
History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson     (1889) 226 pts
History of Phoenicia
George Rawlinson     (1889) 226 pts
The Jews Hilaire Belloc     (1921) 143 pts
The Jews
Hilaire Belloc     (1921) 143 pts
Last Days of Jerusalem Alfred J. Church     (1903) 48 pts
Last Days of Jerusalem
Alfred J. Church     (1903) 48 pts
The Jews Under Roman Rule W. D. Morrison     (1895) 143 pts
The Jews Under Roman Rule
W. D. Morrison     (1895) 143 pts



The Vatican


The Catholic Church has a long and complicated relationship with the 'Synagogue of Satan.' There is no question that the Church condemns Secret Societies and that the vast majority of Christians are faithful to the truths of the Church and enemies of everything Secret Societies stand for. Unfortunately, certain religious orders and members of the Catholic hierarchy have been infiltrated with subversives and saboteurs, and they have done great harm.

We have seen that many Catholics have taken a leadership role in researching and opposing secret societies and occult organizations. The books of some these faithful priests are listed in the Freemasonry section above. In addition, books such as Pinay's Plot Against the Church do an excellent job of presenting the Church's long war against heresy and subversion.

Plot Against the Church: Part 4 Maurice Pinay     (1962) 254 pts
Plot Against the Church: Part 4
Maurice Pinay     (1962) 254 pts
Freemasonry and the Vatican Leon de Poncins     (1967) 100 pts
Freemasonry and the Vatican
Leon de Poncins     (1967) 100 pts

Unfortunately, there is considerable evidence that secret societies have infiltrated Church leadership, particularly during the last century. We are therefore presenting several books that allege serious corruption in the highest levels of the Church, not out of distain, but out concern and openness to the truth. Our own research appears to indicate that the leadership of the Jesuit Order has long been infiltrated, but Faithful Catholics should do their own research and draw their own conclusions.

The Broken Cross Piers Compton     (1984) 153 pts
The Broken Cross
Piers Compton     (1984) 153 pts
Secret Instructions of Jesuits Diego Laynez     (1596) 42 pts
Secret Instructions of Jesuits
Diego Laynez     (1596) 42 pts



Wars and Revolutions



At Heritage History we are interested, not just in the 'Big Picture' of how Secret Societies influence history in general, but in the details of how they have affected individual leaders, nations, and conflicts. We are currently working on a Wars and Revolutions page that provides links to specific events of interest. Hopefully this will be a useful resource for researchers.


Great fortunes are made during times of upheaval. Conflicts result in enormous changes in the possession of property and the expansion of debt. Nations borrow money to fund wars and to rebuild after wars. Long held personal property is often destroyed, confiscated, or sold at a great loss. There is a direct link between those who benefit financially from conflicts and those who work behind the scenes to foment wars and revolutions.

"The time to buy is when there is blood in the street."
Baron Rothschild

Wars and Revolutions that have been fomented, funded, and controlled by secret societies include almost all major conflicts in the last two hundred and fifty years. Most modern wars—including all those listed below—have begun as a result of a "false flag" or provocation that can be traced to secret powers who benefit from conflict and upheaval. Additional information about specific conflicts is available at the links below.

English Civil War (1640-50) American Civil War (1861)
Glorious Revolution (1688) Franco-Prussian War/Paris Commune (1870)
American Revolution (1776) Boer War (1899)
French Revolution (1789) Spanish American War (1899)
Mexican Independence (1821) First World War (1914)
July Revolution (France) (1830) Russian Revolution (1917)
Mexican American War (1846) Mexican Revolution (1921)
Revolutions of 1848 (1848) Spanish Civil War (1936)
Risorgimento (Italy) (1860) Second World War (1939)


From Congressional Testimony of T. Cushing Daniels, Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury circa. 1918

"When going through the Bank of England I presented a letter which I had from Secretary Hay, and the official of the bank was very polite. He took me through the bank and when we got back to the reception room I asked him if he would allow me to put a few leading questions to him. He said he would, and I asked him if he would give me a statement of the Bank of England.

B.E.: 'We do not issue statements.'
Daniel: 'Does not the House of Parliament sometimes call on you for some statement as to the condition of the bank?'
B.E.: 'No, sir; they do not call on us.' . . . .
Daniel: 'How is it that some of these revolutionists, so-called, do not get up in the House of Commons and raise the devil to know something about what is going on down here? That would be the condition in our country.'
B.E.: 'Oh most of them are large borrowers from the bank, and we have no difficulty with them.' (laughter.)"