101 Things You
Didn't Know about the Freemasons
and John K. Young, Ph.D.
admit: I thought this was going to be a totally useless waste of ten dollars
but, in order to stay up with the current literature, when I saw it in a local
bookstore I tossed it in my basket. It was mostly a good decision.
What I didn't realize at the time was that I also owned
the 'parent' book to this one. This is an adapted version of the book which was
jointly authored by Young and Karg (credits equal and names reversed as
differentiated from this work) titled "The Everything Freemasons Book: Unlock
the Secrets of This Ancient And Mysterious Society!" I found that work to be
FAR inferior to the newest arrivals on the market the year earlier (Chris
Hodapp's 'Dummies' book and Brent Morris' 'Idiot's' book). It just didn't
measure up and although it tried to mimic the cutesy icons and emphasis
conventions found in both of those series, Everything fell flat.
When I returned home and found a review on Amazon, I was
even more convinced I'd wasted my money based on a review which pointed out this
connection. It took me nearly a year before I picked it up to pan it. Instead, I
found a completely different approach, a fresher and more direct writing style,
and more concise descriptions and definitions. In short, a FAR better book - and
one which wasn't at all what I'd expected.
This is the book that you could easily give someone who
has been curious about Freemasonry but who might easily be put off being handed
a 'Dummies' or 'Idiots' book. It's very compact (6 1/4" tall by 5 1/2" wide) and
fits easily in a car's glove compartment or even a suit coat pocket. For the
price ($10-12 in most places), it's inexpensive enough that you won't mind
losing a few in the process. The topics are basically free-standing so it can be
picked up and put down at a whim.
This is a book with a positive view about Freemasonry but
it also notes the warts and pimples of time. Grab a copy: you won't be
Looking to buy this book? Grab it at your local bookstore and encourage them
to carry more like it. Or you may decide to buy from Amazon and there's a link
for your convenience.
Five Thumbs Up - with a minor quibble