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Insiders call it the Craft.

Discover the fascinating true story of one of the most influential and misunderstood secret brotherhoods in modern society.

Founded in London in 1717 as a way of binding men in fellowship, Freemasonry proved so addictive that within two decades it had spread across the globe. Masonic influence became pervasive. Under George Washington, the Craft became a creed for the new American nation. Masonic networks held the British empire together. Under Napoleon, the Craft became a tool of authoritarianism and then a cover for revolutionary conspiracy. Both the Mormon Church and the Sicilian mafia owe their origins to Freemasonry. 

Yet the Masons were as feared as they were influential. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, Freemasonry has always been a den of devil-worshippers. For Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco, the Lodges spread the diseases of pacifism, socialism, and Jewish influence and so had to be crushed. 

Freemasonry's story yokes together Winston Churchill and Walt Disney; Wolfgang Mozart and Shaquille O'Neal; Benjamin Franklin and Buzz Aldrin; Rudyard Kipling and "Buffalo Bill" Cody; Duke Ellington and the duke of Wellington. 

John Dickie's The Craft is an enthralling exploration of a the world's most famous and misunderstood secret brotherhood, a movement that not only helped to forge modern society, but has substantial contemporary influence, with 400,000 members in Britain, more than a million in the USA, and around six million across the world.

©2020 John Dickie (P)2020 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Convincingly researched and thoroughly entertaining." (The Wall Street Journal)

"[John Dickie] takes on this sensational subject with a wry turn of phrase and the cool judgment of a fine historian... I enjoyed this book enormously. Dickie's gaze is both wide and penetrating. He makes a persuasive case for masonry's historic importance." (Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times)

"A fascinating tale...Mr Dickie has turned legend into history." (The Economist)

"The Craft is a shadow history of modernity. Though more sober than most lodge meetings, it is, like its subject, ingenious and frequently bizarre... The Craft is well-crafted and sensible, making good use of English archives which have only recently been opened."—Spectator

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  • Isaac Pea
  • 2021-02-19

The best book about Freemasonry out there.

I read 3/4 of the book at home, and finished the last 1/4 on audio. This book has stuff for non-masons, new masons, and experienced masons alike. Been a Mason for ten years, and this was a beautifully objective perspective of our craft. Well done Dickie!

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  • James S.
  • 2021-06-12

A bit of a mixed bag

While the author has researched the history of Freemasonry he spinkles 21st century political correctness in his interpretation of history and is very quick to assign racism and sexism to the social norms of the past. Additionally he either does not know of or make any distinction between American/British Freemasonry and Grand Orient Masonry which do not recognize each others' lodges. There are clear differences, especially in the 20th and 21st centuries so he paints them both with the same brush in aligning "Masonry" with organizations like P2 which did not come out of the American/British Masonic tradition.

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  • Daniel Cantu
  • 2021-06-11

amazing history

the author does not hold punches when talking about the dark chapters and characters of the craft, but at the same time, he recognized the intrinsically good values of the fraternity. excellent historical context and storytelling.

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