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Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons & the Great Pyramids

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What connects the Great Pyramids, Masons & the Council on Foreign Relations? Journalist Jim Marrs examines the world's most closely guarded secrets, tracing the history of clandestine societies & the power they've wielded--from the ancient mysteries to modern conspiracy theories. He gives evidence that the movers & shakers of the world collude covertly to start ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (NYC) (first published 2000)
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Nov 03, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mental patients, weary Oliver Stone fans.
Shelves: humor, trust-no-one
Let's get this out of the way, first. This book is Conspiracy Theory 101 from start to finish. It's also probably mostly bullshit. For that reason, it's hard to review or rate. Have you ever wondered "What secrets connect Egypt's Great Pyramids, the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and the Council on Foreign Relations?" Of course, you have. This question burns at the core of every sentient human being. I have to admit I'm torn between giving this book one star or five. As a thought exercise, it's fun ...more
Linda Munro
Nov 28, 2011 Linda Munro rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered why so many conspiracy theories exist? Have you ever thought that there are more conspiracy theorists than knowledgable people in America? Have you ever complained that the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer? Have you ever heard the poor defend the wealthy and wonder why? Have you ever wondered if today's mindset was prevalent during the 1930's would we have nation highway systems or dams that power massive areas of the country?


Are you making
Erik Graff
Dec 23, 2012 Erik Graff rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
I enjoyed Marrs' Alien Agenda. On the topic of UFOs there isn't much to go on except the body of literature on the subject and he gave a nicely written overview of much of that. This book, however, a book which amounts to a history of human life on the planet from the creation (by aliens) of homo sapiens sapiens to the present, does present a counterpoint to various disciplines and specialized fields which I've actually studied. Here, comparing Marrs' work to that of researchers and students of ...more
May 01, 2011 Trekscribbler rated it it was amazing
The beauty of any book written by Jim Marrs is that, even at a hardcover price, it's well worth the investment. Marrs manages to pack his books (ALIEN AGENDA and RULE BY SECRECY, especially) full of facts, figures, analogies, and explanations coinciding with the central theme of his works ... that being the world is not quite what you've been raised to think it is.
RULE BY SECRECY starts extraordinarily academic; the money trail that Marrs investigates does weigh down the first quarter of the boo
Steven Stark
Jul 20, 2007 Steven Stark rated it really liked it
I almost forgot this one. Thanks, Nathan!

This book takes the concept of conspiracy theory to an entirely different plane of existence. It starts in the present day, Council on Forein Relations, Bilderburgers, Trilateral Commission, etc. and goes back through time, all the way back to Mesopotamian culture and ideas of aliens.

I have to admit that I really had to process this one for a couple of days. It tripped me out a little bit, but it's an entertaining read and Jim Marrs is a likable author w
Feb 13, 2011 Martin rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was brilliant, though very controversial it gives an insight to how blind we can all be sometimes. Think about it, we as humans realized that we could manipulate each other thousands of years ago hence marking the beginning of Secret Societies.

I know it's what you choose to believe, but for those of you who are curious, look up the facts.

I'm not going to spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it, but ill give you an example of what the surface is all about.

So, we hav
Aug 12, 2008 Damon rated it it was amazing
If one tenth of the theories proposed in this book are true, the world I once knew is gone for good. Even if the other nine tenths are outright lies, they still make for some of the best stories I've ever heard. I recommend that every American at least read the section on the Federal Reserve. Then treat yourself to Sit back for two hours and prepare to have your awareness expanded. Go on. Try it. You deserve to know.
Azimah  Othman
Jul 29, 2008 Azimah Othman rated it it was amazing
Another book that made my train journeys home from work seemed so much shorter.

One of the first book I read of similar genre. Simply readable....couldn't put it down. Understand CFR, Builderbergers, Rockefellers, Morgans the Rothschilds better and many more. It also helped me to understand Kingdom of Heaven and The Da Vinci Code better.

Would recommend the book to those new to the subject of the conspiracy theory.
Dec 13, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
Marrs gets through a little over half of this book doing a great job of exposing the new world order, reminding me of a newer up to date version of None Dare Call it Conspiracy by Gary Allen. He exposes the CFR, Trilateral Commision, Bilderbergers, the Federal Reserve, and that all roads lead to oligarchal business and banking families like the Rothschilds and Rockefellers. Marrs also shows the role that was played by these people in fomenting, funding and profiting from both sides of almost all ...more
Matt McClard
May 11, 2009 Matt McClard rated it it was amazing
There is a chance I am crazy. There is a chance that everything in this book is complete nonsense and that these conspirators are doing what ever it is they are doing just to make me paranoid. However, then I guess there could be a chance that all of this crazy talk this is right. That there is a secret knowledge hidden from the masses that push the agenda of others. That these people who own us with our debt have chosen to for reasons unknown to us. I might never know, my guess is that none of ...more
Oct 08, 2015 ALLA BASIM rated it liked it
كتاب غريب حقا ، كل ما أتركه أعود إليه مجددا ، فصل كل الجماعات السرية وجمع كل النظريات التآمرية عبر التاريخ في سياق واحد عجيب ، لغته سلسلة و ممتعة ، وأسلوبه مثير ، إذا كنت ممن يؤمنون بنظرية المؤامرة فهذا الكتاب جنتك ، وإن كنت من رافضيها فهنا تطرح عليك الإشكالات المنطقية عبر حركة التاريخ ، الكتاب ملئ بالمعلومات غزير بالتحليل محشو بالتاريخ ، مئات البيانات التي تحتاج إلى توثيق و تحليل ، ما أدهشني حقا نظريته الأخيرة عن ما قبل الحضارة السومرية رغم غرابتها الشديدة و خيالها الجامح إلا أنها متماسكة تماسك ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing
This book is a very good reference to secret societies. It was hard getting through parts of it. I really liked how it started from the Present day and went back into time to the start of hummanity. Very interesting book.
Jan 01, 2008 Alex added it
Extra crazy.
Adnan Dwedary
May 15, 2014 Adnan Dwedary rated it really liked it
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Troy Lafferty
Jun 01, 2017 Troy Lafferty rated it did not like it
Absolutely horrible! I purchased this book because I liked the Rise of The Fourth Reich. I expected more of the same, but I was mistaken. Marrs puts a lot of stock in mystery religion and alternative creation myths.

Also, rather than give in-text citations or footnotes he simply refers to the author by last name. For me, this really breaks the flow.

As with any conspiracy books, it is filled with fallacy. Most of the time I find these books wildly entertaining, but this is the exception.
Jan 03, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
History of the type you may not learn in history books is prominent here. Fascinating, just fascinating. This book is packed with events, people, and ideas. To the author's credit, he forces readers to think, question, search, and expand the mind.

The journey begins now, in modern times, and that part will be eye-opening to most people. There are so many details and so much information, the book is at times hard to follow. Somewhere in the middle, the writing has a few difficult spots, but to me
Aug 03, 2007 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Hm. I'm torn between giving this book 2 or 3 stars, because I didn't really enjoy reading it--at least, not until the end. Oddly enough, the part I thought I'd laugh most at (aliens running the world) was the most interesting section. I like that the book forces readers (those who want to finish it, at any rate) to keep an open mind. It's all too easy to forget that for ages we humans burned people for saying the Earth is round. It's tough to imagine we're THAT much better than our predecessors. ...more
Isobel Blackthorn
Jun 01, 2013 Isobel Blackthorn rated it liked it
Shelves: current-affairs
This is a gripping compelling read, the interrelationships of powerful families like the Rockefellers and Rothschilds fascinating. However, the further back in time Marrs takes the reader, the more I question the reliability of the information presented. Due care must be taken when citing secondary sources and my own area of expertise led me to refute two paragraphs in one chapter as superficial, speculative and misleading. I went on to cross reference Marr's presentation of Hitler and the occul ...more
Thomas McBryde
Jan 02, 2013 Thomas McBryde rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book. You start out skeptical then dots start connecting, and by the end you are paranoid. By the time a reader is done with the third or fourth chapter you start to think that "they" really are out to get you and that "they" are everywhere.

Marrs does great job at explaining the history behind many secret societies that exist and illustrates how the people involved in these groups have climbed to the highest echelon's of power throughout history. Whether it was the enigmatic Rothschi
Nitya Sivasubramanian
Chock full of information and brimming with righteous indignation at the wool being pulled over the world's eyes, this book is a scathing review of the history of the world and the secret societies that have been pulling the strings of mankind for most of modern history. It's intelligent, interesting and certainly thought-provoking.

But there's a problem with conspiracy theories.

As far as I can tell, there are three kinds of people in the world: the kind who intellectually understand that there
David Nunez
Jul 14, 2012 David Nunez rated it really liked it
A terrific read for people who want to get an idea of who are the movers and the shakers of the planet! Jim really goes into lengthy detail of the influence that humanity has faced for generations. This book covers history as it has never been told before, or that we have never learned in school! This book gives an insight to who controls the planet from family bloodlines to organizations, governments and all religious institutions.

Jim's book shows how it is the elite that runs this planet and
Kyle Wright
Nov 18, 2008 Kyle Wright rated it liked it
Recommends it for: conspiracy nuts
An interesting look at secret societies, Jim Marrs' book has a few problems that keep it from being a good work. First of all is the order in which Marrs approaches his material. He does it in reverse chronological order, starting with current secret societies and then going back in time to the original ones. The problem with this is that at any given point in time that he is covering, he constantly refers to the older societies from which they sprang, but since he hasn't covered them yet, the r ...more
May 26, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Another great book by Mr. Marrs. If I had read this when it was first published I would certainly have given it five stars. The fact that it covers a lot of material that I have already had exposure to diminishes its awesomeness for me. However, if you are new to the study of secret societies this is a fantastic, comprehensive introduction. I'm glad to own a copy as a definitive resource.

The book traces the heritage of secret societies through history from the earliest records in Sumerian cunei
Dec 31, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
I have always been interested in secret societies and the general unknown of our world. This book does a good job of tying together all of the societies throughout history. However, it reads very slowly in some areas due to the massive amount of background information and names of peoples/companies involved. I thought the most interesting part was the first part of the book which covers modern day wars and who stands to benefit from causing/supporting/financing them e.g. Rockefellers, Rothschild ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
This book was way too complicated and hard to follow. Mostly what I got out of it is that Jesus, Buddha and Mohammad started the American revolution because they were Freemasons. Buddha might have been illuminati as well. That part was a little fuzzy. For variety the Knights Templar and the Rothchilds and Rockefellers were thrown in all over the place too. They got together with Rameses II and rigged the Great Pyramid to act as an ancient WMD. I'm only exaggerating a little. That's what made thi ...more
Cormac Zoso
Jul 23, 2009 Cormac Zoso rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-truth
I can't add anything that the many other reviews don't cover as far as what the book presents etc. Suffice it to say that Jim Marrs is a great researcher and good writer and presents all the material in a logical and clear manner.

For those who think that behind any event, good or bad, stands one lone person perpetrating the act, don't read this and please don't review it. Go back to your corporate media outlets and pablum television shows and stop telling us how crazy we are to believe that peo
Carter McLellan
Dec 26, 2015 Carter McLellan rated it really liked it
Want a quick crash course of the global conspiracy? Who's involved, what has happened, what are the facts, and what are the theories? This is the book to begin your life long quest of information and knowledge. While it must be emphasized that being open minded and skeptical at the same time is very important when reading are researching anything no matter what it is. This book will store in that magnificent brain of yours key words to search for when researching this global conspiracy. Most of ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
A fun and sometimes disturbing read; Disturbing when you find yourself thinking, "hmmm...this seems possible..." and then you feel compelled to read more about it somewhere else. It could all be bullshit; it could be partially true, or maybe all of it is true. I'm sure there are conspiracies. Personal and political coups occur every day. America conspires. People in power often hurt those under them for personal gain. To think that the things in the book aren't possible, would be naive. But then ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Brandon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, nonfiction, history
There's a lot of stuff in here, a lot of which is BS. But it was fun to read, especially the alien theories at the end, which were the most BS of the lot. I can believe the conspiracies of more recent times, but the whole alien thing, and a lot of the "facts" that he uses to support it, are easily debunked and at the very least demand some outrageous evidence for such outrageous claims.

At the same time, the first two thirds of the book was pretty boring, and a lot of the middle, talking about m
Aug 05, 2008 Rae rated it liked it
The author attempts to expose the world's most closely guarded the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the CIA, and the Vatican control the world's finances and events. The reviews state that the book is "disturbing, provocative and utterly compelling" but I found it to be a hoot and highly entertaining. I'm sure there's some truth to the theories regarding these secret combinations, but I wasn't astonished or disturbed by what I read. A lot ...more
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American journalist and scholar and expert on conspiracies.

Marrs has given lectures about the John F. Kennedy assasination at University of Texas at Arlington.

Marrs is a member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.
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