Born In Blood
by John J. Robinson  (1989)

Seeks to trace Freemasonry back to the Knights Templar via the 1381 Peasant's Revolt in England. Reads like a detective story. Author was not a Mason when he wrote the book, but joined a lodge later.

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Builders, The
by Joseph Fort Newton  (1914)

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Black Square and Compass
by Joseph A. Walkes, Jr  (1981)

The formation of Prince Hall Masonry is explored in considerable detail. Updated and reissued in 1994.

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Albert Pike's Esoterika - The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry
by Albert Pike - Edited by Arturo de Hoyos (2005)

Contains the complete text of Albert Pike`s never-before-published esoteric study of the symbols of Blue Lodge Degrees. Subjects include "The Compasses and the Square," "The Weapons and Blows of the Assassins," "The Three Grips," "The Substitute for the Masters Word," "The 47th Problem of Euclid," "The Truth," "Is the Cable-tow a Symbol?," "Corner Stones," "The Ladder of Jacob," "Tubal Cain," "Shibboleth," and "Solomon and Hiram."

 

Edited by Arturo de Hoyos, 33�, Grand Archivist and Grand Historian Forward by Ronald A. Seale, 33�, Sovereign Grand Commander

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10,000 Famous Freemasons
by William R. Denslow  (1957)

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Clergy and the Craft, The
by Forrest D. Haggard  (1970)

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Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia
by Henry Wilson Coil  (1961)

Highly regarded encyclopedia with over 1750 short entries describing intricate details within Freemasonry.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry, The
by S. Brent Morris  (2006)

An introduction to Freemasonry, its organization and practices, and includes illustrations. Author is the managing editor of the Scottish Rite Journal.

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Comprehensive View of Freemasonry, A
by Henry Wilson Coil  (1973)

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Cracking the Freemasons Code
by Robert L. D. Cooper  (2007)

Looks into Masonic structure, culture, connections, sites, and famous members. The author is curator of the Masonic museum and library in Scotland.

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Craft and Its Symbols, The
by Allen E. Roberts  (1974)

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Dictionary of Freemasonry, A
by Robert Macoy  (ca. 1890)

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Early Masonic Catechisms, The
by Douglas Knoop, G.P. Jones and Douglas Hamer  (1953)

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Freemason at Work, The
by Harry Carr  (1976)

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Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft
by John Hamill and R.A. Gilbert  (1992)

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Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol
by W. Kirk MacNulty  (1991)

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Freemasonry in American History
by Allen E. Roberts  (1985)

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Freemasonry in Black and White
by Charles M. Harper Sr. (2013)

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Freemasonry Universal: A New Guide to the Masonic World
by Kent Henderson and Tony Pope  (2000)

 

This is a new edition of their 1985 book titled Masonic World Guide.

 

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Freemasons for Dummies
by Christopher Hodapp  (2005)

 

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Freemason's Guide and Compendium
by Bernard E. Jones  (1950)

 

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History of Freemasonry, The
by Robert Freke Gould  (1882)

 

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Holy Blood, Holy Grail
by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, Henry Lincoln  (1982)

 

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House Undivided
by Allen E. Roberts  (1961)

 

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Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry?: The Methods of Anti-Masons
by Art de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris  (1997)

 

A revised edition of this book was published in 2010.

 

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Key to Freemasonry's Growth
by Allen E. Roberts  (1969)

 

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Living the Enlightenment: 
Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe

by Margaret C. Jacob  (1991)

 

A college professor seeks to trace Freemasonry as a continuation of the Enlightenment period in Europe.

 

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Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle: 
Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction

by William L. Fox  (1997)

 

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Masonic Enlightenment:  the Philosophy, History and Wisdom of Freemasonry
by Michael R. Poll, editor  (2006)

 

A series of articles by various authors on aspects of Freemasonry, including jurisprudence, spiritual significance, Rosicrucianism, and world peace.

 

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Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers
by Ronald E Heaton  (1965)

 

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Masonic Trivia & Facts
by Allen E. Roberts  (1994)

 

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Masonic World Guide
by Kent Henderson  (1984)

 

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Master's Book, The
by Carl H. Claudy  (1935)

 

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Meditations on Masonic Symbolism

by MW John R. Heisman (2013)

Meditations on Masonic Symbolism is Grand Master John R. Heisman’s reflective, scholarly exploration of the symbolism in the ritual of Freemasonry for Freemasons and non-Masons alike. While there is much to discover about the meaning of the hallmark Masonic symbols, there is nothing secret about Freemasonry's defining love for humanity. 

 

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Miracle at Philadelphia
by Catherine Drinker Bowen  (1966)

 

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Mystic Tie, The
by Allen E. Roberts  (1991)

 

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New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, A
by Arthur Edward Waite  (1921)

 

This is a far-ranging and detailed look at Freemasonry and its traditions, including some obscure areas not usually examined. It originally appeared in two volumes, but has now been reprinted in one book of 1024 pages. The author was a Mason, and formed the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross.

 

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New Knighthood, The
by Malcolm Barber  (1995)

 

Covers the history of the Knights Templar at a good level of detail from their origin to the end of the Order. Author also wrote The Trial of the Templars.

 

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Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, The
by David Stevenson  (1990)

 

Presents activities in Scotland during the 1600's which may have been linked to Freemasonry. Author also wrote The Scottish Revolution 1637-1644.

 

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Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean
by Sanford Holst  (2011)

 

King Hiram and Hiram Abiff were Phoenicians from the city of Tyre who played major roles in the building of Solomon's Temple. Freemasons will immediately notice similarities between Phoenician society and the practices of Freemasonry.

 

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Pilgrim's Path, A
by John J. Robinson  (1993)

 

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Pocket History of Freemasonry, The
by Fred L. Pick and G. Norman Knight  (1953)

 

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Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book, A
by Joseph A Walkes, Jr  (1997)

 

Follows the development and survival of Prince Hall Masonry and the experiences of its members.

 

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Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840
by Steven C. Bullock  (1996)

 

A college professor attempts to follow the role of Freemasonry during the formation of the United States.

 

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Rise and Development of Organised Freemasonry, The
by Roy A Well  (1986)

 

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Rosslyn Hoax? The
by Robert L.D. Cooper  (2006)

 

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Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capitol, The
by David Ovason  (2002)

 

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Secret Power of Masonic Symbols, The
by Robert Lomas  (2011)

 

Investigates the properties of symbols found in Masonry.

 

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Solomon's Builders
by Christopher Hodapp  (2006)

 

Follows Freemasonry through the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers and the design of Washington, DC. Author also wrote Freemasons for Dummies.

 

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Sworn in Secret
by Sanford Holst  (2012)

 

An historian and Mason's look into the rich history of Freemasonry, discovering the things that drove it to be the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Insightful and relevant to Masonry today.

 

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Templars: The Rise, Fall & Survival of the Knights Templar
by Sanford Holst  (2013)

 

A deep look into the lives of the original Templars, including those who survived when hundreds of their brothers were burned at the stake. Possible connections to the Hospitallers and Masons are explored.

 

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Temple and the Lodge, The
by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh  (1989)

 

Looks for links between the Knights Templar and Freemasons, via Robert the Bruce, Scots Guard, and Rosslyn Chapel. The authors wrote Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

 

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Tied to Masonic Apron Strings
by Stewart M.L. Pollard  (1969)

 

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Trial of the Templars, The
by Malcolm Barber  (1978)

 

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Turning the Templar Key
by Robert Lomas  (2007)

 

Follows a proposed path from Knights Templar to Freemasons, but that route did not produce evidence of connection. Author also wrote Freemasonry and the Birth of Modern Science.

 

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Valley of the Craftsmen, A Pictorial History: 
Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction, 1801-2001

by William L. Fox  (2001)

 

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Whither Are We Traveling?
by Dwight L. Smith  (1962)

 

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William Preston and His Work
by Colin Dyer  (1987)

 

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Workman Unashamed
by Christopher Haffner  (1989)

 

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World Freemasonry: An Illustrated History
by John Hamill and R.A. Gilbert  (1991)

 

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Everything Freemasons Book, The
by John K. Young, Ph.D., and Barb Karg (2006)

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Freemasons: A History of the World's Most Powerful Secret Society
by Jasper Ridley (1999)

 

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Hiram Key, The

Pharaos, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus
by Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas (1997)

 

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Initiatic Experience, The
by Robert Herd (2012)

 

Ancient Pathways that Led to Your Initiation into Freemasonry.

 

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Leadership Wisdom of Solomon, The
by Pat Williams with Jim Denney

 

28 Essencial Strategies for Leading with Integrity

 

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Spurious State of Confusion, A
by Charles M. Harper Sr. M.P.S.

 

Freemasonry in Black and White - Volume II

 

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Stew Awards, The
by Jesse Solis-Jacques (2018)

 

The Stewards' Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Masonic Culinary Creativity for Cooking Apprentices

 

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Learn to Subdue Your Passions: 
A Guide for Modern Living

by Marcus Hammonds  (2016)

 

Every path toward spiritual enlightenment begins with learning to subdue your passions.  As the world becomes increasingly fast-paced and disconnected from time and place, we still need to be masters of ourselves.  Arguments that occur over the internet lead to real consequences off-line. Fame rises and falls within a flash.  We need to be balanced and centered.  We need to subdue our passions.

 

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