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Baltimore MD: Privately Printed for the Author, 2012. First Edition Hardcover. Large quarto (9 x 12 inches). Cloth with gilt stamping. viii + 322 pages. Over 250 b&w illustrations. Appendices and index. First Edition limited to 777 copies. A comprehensive and detailed study of the world of late nineteenth century esotericism and fringe-masonry, that begat the Ordo ...more
Hardcover, FE, ltd printing., 330 pages
Published 2012 by privately published
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Chris Feldman
Jul 26, 2012 Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing
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Meticulously researched, engagingly written, richly documented, and lavishly illustrated, this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in late nineteenth and early twentieth century masonry and the early development of one of today's most important occult fraternities, the Ordo Templi Orientis, or O.T.O. This latest opus from historian, musician, and author Kaczynski ("Perdurabo," "Panic in Detroit," etc.) keeps the facts coming but is never boring. Highly recommended!

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Jure
Aug 02, 2014 Jure rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: O.T.O. members
The book end with this last sentence: "A full and authoritative account of OTO's post-1913 history worldwide waits to be told."

After reading this exemplary researched work I can only hope that the present author will write that book as well.
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May 11, 2013 Cornissa rated it it was amazing
A remarkably comprehensive and detailed study of the weird and wonderful world of late nineteenth century esotericism and fringe-masonry, that begat the Ordo Templi Orientis. "An unlikely cocktail of actors and musicians, doctors and merchants, anarchists and sexual reformers populated the occult underground of the late nineteenth century. One by-product of this strange brew was the magical order known as Ordo Templi Orientis, or the Order of Oriental Templars, with its controversial mix of ...more
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Richard Kaczynski is an American writer, musician, research scientist, and lecturer in the fields of social psychology, metaphysical beliefs and new religious movements. He is known for his biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (North Atlantic Books, 2010), acclaimed by the Times Literary Supplement as "the major biography to date" of the Edwardian enfant terrible, and regarded by the ...more
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