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THIS PAGE NEEDS A BIG OVERHAUL with addition of many of the most recent publications. We'll be working on that in the very near future! Please stay tuned.... In the meantime, though, feel free to browse our book reviews here which include a number of works after this list was compiled. The Maine Masonic College has also developed a very current and extensive list of reading material, grouped topically with many books having been rated. You can check that out at their website. We also have information here about periodicals and other learning material.
What should I read first?
We regularly get inquiries from Masons and non-Masons alike asking "What should I read to further understand Freemasonry?". Anti-Masons will sometimes refer to 'recommended reading lists' of lodges - which, in reality, do not exist.
Essentially, there is no specified 'reading list' for Freemasons. Over the years, a few individuals and/or organizations have cobbled together a list of things that they feel are valuable but such lists are the exclusive work of the individual and often greatly reflect their particular field of interest or fascination. No such list should ever be considered as required and, regrettably, there are those Masons who do not take seriously the admonition that they should make a daily advancement in their education.
We've seen a dozen or more lists over the years and although we were always able to find something we'd missed, we'd never seen the 'perfect' list for both Masons and non-Masons. With that understanding, we've taken from the Grand Lodge of New York's Livingston Masonic Museum a list of books they recommended for a reading course they designed for New York Masons in 1998. We then removed those works specific to New York Freemasonry and updated the now several year old list with a couple of more recent publications (noted with an asterisk) that we felt worthy of inclusion. We'll use the same groupings they used.
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