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Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths And Mysteries Of Washington, D.c.

by Christopher Hodapp
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  • Publisher: Ulysses Press
  • Publishing date: 13/01/2010
  • Language: Français
  • ISBN-13: 9781569757734
  • ISBN: 1569757739


Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol promises the same excitement, mystery, and intrigue of his last international bestseller. It’s also guaranteed to create high levels of interest in the secret organizations and little-known events that Brown uses to craft his story. Deciphering The Lost Symbol guides readers step by step through Brown’s intricate novel while differentiating history and myth from pure fiction. A handy companion, the book provides the backstory and descriptions of Washington, D.C., giving readers a more complete understanding of Brown's thriller. Deciphering The Lost Symbol follows the trail of Masonic legends from the streets, monuments, and buildings of Washington to the inner sanctums of the Order. From Masonic presidents, 33rd degree Scottish Rite Masons, and modern-day Knights Templar to curious cornerstones, statues, zodiac symbols, and lost treasures, Deciphering The Lost Symbol is the key to unlocking the many mysteries of this fascinating world.

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    I've spent the last few months going through the various "unauthorized guides" to Dan Brown's novel The Lost Symbolmostly out of curiosity as to how the Freemasons are treated by non-Masonic authors. Every month the list grows with new guides like these. I'm a big fan of Hodapp's, so I was interested to see his take on the book. Hodapp's "Deciphering The Lost Symbol" comes at the subject with a longstanding knowledge of Masonic history, philosophy and symbolism. His previous books, Freemasons For Dummies and Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C. are certainly longer and more detailed as introductions to the subject, and in fact, Solomon's Builders seems to have been the bigger brother of this book, written before The Lost Symbol arrived in bookstores. Where "Deciphering" works is in the examination of Freemasonry as it is fictionalized by Brown, versus what is reality. Hodapp presents the subject with honesty and humor, along with a chapter on Noetics that covers the topic more succinctly than any of the other guides I've read so far. And his final chapter is a very personal summation that I find quite compelling. This book is thinner and covers less ground than Solomon's Builders, mostly because Brown included less in The Lost Symbol than most people figured he would. Hodapp warns readers up front that he discusses some of the same subjects here. Didn't bother me, because he was more generic in "Solomons", and zeroes in only on what Brown wrote about here. Really, the two books complement each other. He discusses the symbolism Brown uses, with the origin of the signs, symbols and words Robert Langdon encounters. The Washington Monument, the Capital, the Library of Congress, the Scottish Rite headquarters and the Masonic George Washington Memorial are all covered, especially from the Masonic point of view, but also in the details that Brown fictionalized. And the bibliography alone is intriguing enough to keep me buying books off of its list for years. This book is illustrated (BTW, with the only proper illustration and origin of the "Hand of Mysteries" of anything I've read yet) with many photos, although it is not what I would call loaded with pictures. It's a shame the publisher didn't treat the art better (or at least larger). And for diehard fans, a map showing the locations of The Lost Symbol's action would have been a nice addition. But all in all, I believe this to be the best written of all of the Lost Symbol guides so far. I highly recommend it for readers who know nothing about the Masons and want to know what Brown got right and got wrong. And I am recommending it to the members of my lodge, too.

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