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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Is America an "assignment of destiny?" What is the symbolism of the Great Seal of the U.S.? Who was the mysterious stranger who swayed the signers of the Declaration of Independence? According to Lord Bacon, "The New Atlantis" seems to have been set apart for the great experiment of enlightened self-government long before the founding fathers envisioned the rise of the ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by Philosophical Research Society (first published January 1st 1944)
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Manly P. Hall's The Secret Destiny of America, which also includes another of his works America's Assignment with Destiny is a sometimes interesting but disjointed history. This is not the kind of American history which is taught in school.

Hall, who was a member of a secret esoteric society and whom some say was a Freemason, writes about nonstandard and very obscure history. The basis of the book is about freemasonry and how it has shaped American and Western history and society. Hall claims
Samuel Sapp
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book totally blew my mind. This book isn't for people with single minded thoughts, this book is for the person who can change their own view on history. It takes a powerful mind to open yourself to the a plethora of possibilities that there are. I mean how many people can stop and ask themselves can i believe of what I'm always told? that select few can not. Anyways this is a good book for the open minded, it supports its theories with good facts. I always wondered about Atlantis, but now i ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ted Heitz
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
Quite a trip! Obviously speculative, but worth the read.
Alex Kartelias
What stopped me from giving this book 5 stars, was that there are no citations and very little sources mentioned. Also, even though his words are very inspirational and profound, he desperately needs to back up what he says. Having said that, I do think-however- that the gereral overview he gives of Atlantis, The Freemasons, Sir Thomas More, Francis Bacon up to Benjamin Franklin to be correct. Having knowledge of these topic and individuals from Plato and other sources, he suggestions seem ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great by the master Manly P. Hall. There will be many who disagree with the ideas contained therein but look closer and take a wider view and things which may at first were unclear or concealed may come to light.
Cullen Haynes
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For those keen readers who are open to everything, attached to nothing and want to further free your mind; this book is for you.

Just be mindful that Hall himself writes in an esoteric manner at times as if he doesn't want us to know the whole story; deliberate or be the judge.
David Kublai Khan
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting tale of America's mystical beginnings and even stranger destiny. According to the author the United States was seen as the New Atlantis by the secret societies of the day. The meaning behind the Great Seal of the United States that is found on the back of the one dollar bill is also explained. Masonic symbols are to be found in just about every American City with Washington D.C. containing many Masonic symbols such as the Washington Monument which is actually an Egyptian ...more
Valiant Thor
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Hall is often deceptive in this book, selling New World Order as "world democracy". That said, there are at least two passages that provide valuable insight into the Pre-Columbian presence of "Old World" peoples in the "New World", and even some clues as to the origin of mysterious high-technology megalithic structures in Peru and Bolivia. Hall appears to be correct regarding the subtle and long-running "hidden hand" in the affairs of North and South America over a period of millennia. An ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this lost treasure, explaining how America was kept secret and "in waiting" for the correct time for it to be "discovered" and posits that ancient Greek sailors knew of the land they called Atlantis, where they had supposedly explored the St. Lawrence seaway and the great lakes region. It goes on to a utopian approach that goes back to Plato, and his teachings of a great society that was to be established and was predestined to be America. Very good stuff and I would highly recommend ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a turn-off to any who are not interested in the mystical subjects that are discussed. I found his style to be interesting and at times fascinating. Overall, this book did not move me as dramatically as his "Lost Keys of Freemasonry." Once one gets beyond the titles, the "could it be" aspect of occultish subject matter, and the scary (at least startling) implications of any truth that may be therein, the sheer power and poetic flavor of many sections is worth the time of the read.
Äsruþr Cyneaþsson
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hall, as always, offers an esoteric insight into the world. The subject of his work here is the formation of the United States. Some aspects of the work are the forerunner to the later work of Graham Hancock, but few have ever matched Hall's insight into the esoteric.

Whilst the work stands by itself as a significant couplet of essays, the reader who is well versed in the occult will discern what is merely inferred between Hall's words. There is more here than the plebian will realise.
patrick q okane
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you want to be inspired, filled with purpose, and marvel at the vision of men who sacrificed of themselves so that humanity could benefit for generations to come... read Manly P. Hall
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it

Fun read. Will definitely want to revisit this at some point down the line. I'm not much of a historian but most of this book appears to me like wild speculation. Anyway, If you're into "alternative histories," this one's a real whopper.
James Leutri
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: esoteric, james
Interesting read and concepts.
Jordan Fitzgerald
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps my favorite Manly P. Hall book out there. It is easy reading and gives a lot of hidden history unknown to most people. Very interesting perspective from Mr. Hall.
Doug Luberts
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Classic from Manly Palmer Hall

Amazing read... Every time I read one of Mr. hall's books, I immediately want to read the bibliography of his source works!
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael J. Flynn
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars mainly because of the last 20 pages and Hall's confirmation of the necessity of the individual's progression on the path of the cultivation of the soul as the only means to the realization of the Great Plan. I also resonated with his condemnation of materialism and faux liberalism. It is also a fun light read for student of the esoteric dot connecting of the mason's and mystery schools at work throughout the ages, culminating in the vehicle for international democracy, ...more
Lantz De
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Manly P. Hall had a brain as big as Texas. He must have been an amazing person to know. He not only was a sage of esoteric knowledge, but he also knew some really cool things about American history that wasn't quite mentioned in our common historical school studies. I love little known true accounts of historical events and this little book is jam packed with them. A very cool read for those who love American history with a twist.
Larry Lee
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Democracy for all.

Great book for who have a unstoppable drive for the rights of humanity. Thanks to our forefathers for all they have done to show the world what can be accomplished when the Universe and an inter divine connection is mad with the understanding of a God that we all can freely have without persecution.
Jeremy Breedlove
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed the book. I’ll definitely have to look more into the Pharaoh Akhnaton, and I enjoyed his interpretations of stories like Atlantis and concepts like Alchemy. Biggest downfall is the lack of any citations; definitely a lot of speculation but an interesting read nonetheless.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A necessary read for those who wish to understand America's purpose as envisioned by the ancients.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weirdness
I wonder if Manly P. Hall had any trouble with HUAC.
Jeff Ford
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read this for entertainment. It is a short book that could be easily read in one uninterrupted afternoon. All the great conspiracy elements are there. Hall apparently was sympathetic to the one world government agenda and believed its implementation was the secret dream of many philosophers. His arguments are surprisingly anti-biblical: salvation and redemption through wisdom is his theme. By wisdom, Hall means esoteric new-age pseudoscience. This makes most of the book amusing but utterly ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this after checking what books were used for reference for The Lost Symbol and seeing what I could get from my library. It's pretty short and was derived from a talk the author gave. Sometimes it didn't seem cohesive, some of the things were interesting-though most intentions explained aren't anything I hadn't heard from church in a slightly different way; this land set aside by God's design to be the greatest nation, secret societies, perfection of man, ignoring of divine laws ...more
Daniel Brannan
Illustrative of the NWO ethos, this book reveals precisely how influential the authoritarian humanists have been. Nevertheless, it is Satanic trash.
Steven Pearce
Very interesting read.
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only those very interested in this subject
Recommended to Robin by: saw the banners on Shelftalk
This book was a bit of a disappointment. This mostly seemed to be Mr. Hall's opinions and suppositions on the why, who and how the founding of the civilizations of the Americas were founded.
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Canadian born, Manly Palmer Hall is the author of over 150 published works, the best known of which are Initiates of the Flame, The Story of Healing, The Divine Art,Aliens Magick and Sorcery The Secret Teachings of All Ages, and An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy.
He was also the author of a masonic curiosity, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry in