Is it True What They Say About Freemasonry? by Art de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris is a scholarly rebuttal of John Ankerberg, Ron Carlson, Reverend Jess Jackson, Leo Taxil, James Dayton Shaw and other vocal detractors of Freemasonry.
David Shugarts’ book, “Secrets of the Widow’s Son,” is a guide to Dan Brown’s novel “The Lost Symbol,” much in the same manner as the prior two books he was involved in. Shugarts is a contributor and editor of the two earlier books that revealed many of the historical facts and mysteries in Dan Brown’s books “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons.” While caught up in the research involved in the books “Secrets of the Code” and “Secrets of Angels and Demons,” he developed a deep interest in what direction Dan Brown would take in his next blockbuster book. By ferreting out clues in “The Da Vinci Code,” Shugarts was sure the Dan Brown would place his next novel in Washington, D. C. and have the history of the city and its Freemason founders as an integral part of the book. In an unprecedented event, Shugarts released his “Secrets of the Widow’s Son” prior to the release of Dan Brown’s book “The Lost Symbol.” At the time of the writing of Shugarts’ book, the working title for “The Lost Symbol” was “The Solomon Key,” a point of confusion for many who didn’t realize that the title had changed after Shugarts’ book was released.
Written in 1914, “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton defines the origins, the history and the ideals of Freemasonry. In educated but not elevated language, Newton breaks his book into three sections. Each section proceeds logically from his assertions to his conclusion that Masonry and its ideals of liberty, fraternity and equality have benefited the world.
Alchemy has become an increasingly popular topic in literary criticism, and scholars have debated the possible alchemical underpinnings of such pop cultural phenomena as Twilight, Harry Potter and the television series LOST, drawing from centuries of tradition to do so. It turns out that Masonry is steeped in such traditions, and alchemical meaning can be found in abundance throughout its many symbols. Unpacking these symbols for readers is the purpose of Timothy Hogan in “The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual.”