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They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history - or what we come to know as history - has all along been written by the wrong people? What if everything we’ve been told is only part of the story?

In a groundbreaking new book, The Secret History of The World (Overlook Press / Hardcover / $29.95 / ISBN: 978-1-59020-031-5), Mark Booth embarks on a fascinating intellectual tour of our world’s secret societies, and offers readers a provocative and imaginative vision of history.

In this radical retelling of global history, Booth is daring, brilliant, and interdisciplinary: a new timeline is drawn, and a huge swath is of our cultural heritage that has long been hidden is restored. From Greek and Egyptian mythology to Jewish folklore, from Christian cults to Freemasons, from Charlemagne to Alice in Wonderland, from George Washington to Hitler; Booth examines over three thousand years of hidden wisdom.

The Secret History of the World weaves together the ideas and beliefs of secret societies in a clear and concise narrative, incorporating history, philosophy, religion, politics, psychology, literature, and science.

Readers will discover traces of secret societies at work in obelisks, rolled scrolls on statues, the astronomical orientation of major streets, and monuments in churches. The author also offers new light on: the mystery of Jesus and Mary, misunderstood in Holy Blood, Holy Grail and in The DaVinci Code; popular children’s stories; famous paintings; historical icons such as The Trojan Horse, the Pyramid, the Ark, and the Sphinx; and even the secret philosophy in today’s popular culture.


Mark Booth taught philosophy and theology at Oriel College, Oxford and has worked in publishing for over twenty years. He is currently the publishing director at Century in London.