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The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous

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This book demonstrates that the old secret societies were driven by the same impulse as Anonymous and WikiLeaks are today. These marginalized groups have always rebelled against the establishments; some subversively by spreading progressive ideas through art and literature, while others are far more proactive, driving revolution and exposing government secrets. The Illumin ...more
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Published October 18th 2016 by Watkins Publishing
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Frances
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Various chapters of The Illuminati were quite fascinating and interesting. The first half of the book centers on the beginning of the secret societies, how they were formed, and their intentions to do only good in the world. The remaining chapters’ describes current events from the World Trade Center to citizens now being monitored through their internet connections and video surveillance. Not an easy read as the author did tend to become repetitive along with an over abundance of detail which m ...more
Elaine
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3 Stars

I've always been interested in secret societies through the years dating from 1700 to now.
This was full of very interesting facts and some conspiracies, some I found very relevant to our world today.

Interesting read....

Governments do not rule the world.....wealth does

***ARC provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review***
Abby Varghese
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted in Abby's Shelf: https://goo.gl/97sQag
This is no ordinary book, it is the bible of counter culture revolution
The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to WikiLeaks and Anonymous by Robert Howells is probably the most wholesome book I have read on this subject. This is no ordinary book, it is the bible of counter culture revolution. Howells does a brilliant job in taking us a journey through ages with detailed information on secret societies,
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Claire Wilson
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have always had an interest in conspiracy theories, and The Illuminati by Robert Howells really ticked all my boxes. I found it to be a fascinating read, full of facts and opinions on theories relating to the masons, illuminati and even 9/11. I would recommend only if you have a similar interest. 4 stars
Laura
Aug 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bailed, conspiracy
The cover of this book is perfect. I was excited to read about conspiracy theories, but found myself turned off by the author's obvious disdain and straight out animosity toward Christianity. Obviously, I was not the intended audience. I might try to go back for another attempt at a later time. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me an ARC for an honest review.
Zarco Dragonetti
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all, if you're expecting a book about Wikileaks, which I must admit I was due to the cover image, this is not the book for you. They are not even mentioned until 70% of the way through. What this is, is a study of the real Illuminati, peeling back all the internet rubbish that is bandied around these days about idiots like Kanye West being members, and revealing who they really were / are. This is a book that will make you think, in a good way. Everybody being pulled into the Clinton Tr ...more
John Naylor
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free via Goodreads First Reads.

It was a tough one to rate. The first part of the book that chronicled the history of the original Illuminati and the emergence of other secret societies was very interesting. The ceremonies and levels of these also made good reading.

It moved into the present seamlessly to discuss Anonymous and Wikileaks. It gave case studies and why these groups exist as well as how they can change the world. It went into detail about conspiracy theories a
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Mandy
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Secret societies, conspiracy theories, underground groups fighting the establishment – it’s all very much the stuff of Dan Brown novels and I wasn’t convinced by this admittedly relatively calm and measured account of how there have always been groups of people banding together to fight against the evil overlords who are out to get us. If there is still such a powerful and united opposition it’s a pity they don’t come out into the open and try to influence the mess the world is in right now. A f ...more
Anastasia Alén
Very fascinating book about different secret societies and counter culture. Essential read if you want to understand these societies, they deserve to be respected.

Thank you Watkins Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Samantha
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love books about this topic and this book didn't disappoint. I've always been intrigued by groups like the Illuminati and how their movement carries on into the present day. Howells takes us on a journey that not just describes the fascinating history of the groups involved but also how their philosophy has influenced present day groups like Anonymous and activists like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

As someone who isn't religious, I found the history of religious stories fascina
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

This book demonstrates that the old secret societies were driven by the same impulse as Anonymous and WikiLeaks are today. These marginalized groups have always rebelled against the establishments; some subversively by spreading progressive ideas through art and literature, while others are far more proactive, driving revolution and exposing government secrets.
The Illuminati, founded in 1776, aimed to rid Eur
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Patricia Romero
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, religion
Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies have been around as long as man. Mr. Howells takes us on a history lesson through the ages and shows us how The Illuminati helped to shape the course of said history. And how the same techniques they used then are today the Wikileaks and Anonymous in our time.

There is a lot of information on how these secret societies have affected change from behind a curtain of secrecy. What is the most effective way to bring about change? What has worked in the past an
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Breakaway Reviewers
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Knowledge and conspiracy theories of the world’s most famous secret societies with symbolism.

Howells is comparing with various religions, psychologies, sacred geometries, Gnosticism and alchemy as the Illuminati use them for ‘controlling the population’.

The readers will ask themselves if the Illuminati rules the whole world by controlling the governments, United Nations, World Bank and the religious organisations etc. Some of the readers will brace themselves against the shocking discoveries of
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Donna
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book especially the way it goes so far back into the history of it all. Opens your eyes even further than they are already, a really good insight into who and what they are and what they aim to achieve. You sit and read the paper and it's full of X list celebs and selfie stars and it's all a ploy to keep you dumbed down and away from the truth....In this day and age it's a must read.
Teresa
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
I thought I was going into this book with an open mind but I ended up surprised. Howells offers a genuinely good history of the Bavarian illuminati society full of detail and social context. His argument that the current impression of the 'illuminati' is incorrect was convincing though sometimes reached a bit in my estimation.
Muthuvel
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book provided an ample history of various secret societies like Freemasons of Europe, Roshaniya of Persian Sufis Order, European Rosicrucians and many more societies and their dogmas. Then comes the society of illuminati.

From the stories of Persephone, Days of the Christ and centuries after his demise were portrayed well and suited well to the purpose of bashing religions of abrahamic origin and recuperating Pagan culture. However, the base elements/ beliefs by which the objectives of the Il
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Olga Miret
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Secrets, lies and conspiracies. I obtained an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley and Watkins Publishing and I freely chose to review it.
I haven’t read any works of fiction related to the Illuminati but I came across them in my profession. I’m a psychiatrist and I’ve had several patients suffering from paranoid ideas that involved conspiracy theories and in more than one occasion they believed the Illuminati to be behind them. Although I read about them at the time, when I saw this book I fe
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Trevor Sherman
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This title is a mouthful but here goes, The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution-From Secret Societies to Wilkileaks and Anonymous. Let's go over the technical stuff first. I read this on my Kindle and was pleasantly surprised by the lack of errors in both formatting and editing. The title obviously doesn't roll of the tongue very easily but the cover looks great

I have read just about all major religious t
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Jen
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Secret societies and conspiracy theories tend to be fascinating subjects and can spark many heated debates. Robert Howells's The Illuminati: The Counter Culture Revolution from Secret Societies to Wikileaks and Anonymous explores the growth of communities invested in forming a better future.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.

The status quo isn't always ideal, particularly for the learned portion of the society who can see that there mi
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Aurelija
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
!ARC provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review!

I've always been interested in secret societies and the conspiracies. However, I was expecting more than what's in the book, it didn't hold my interest as I thought it would and I kept getting side tracked by other things.
It looks at the history of the Illuminate movement since the beginning or at least said the beginning. It talks a lot about the roots in the past and history of the movement, it focuses a lot on historical events like t
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Amy
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Howells' latest is more than simply a history lesson, although if that's what you are looking for you will surely find it here. The author, well known in all matters esoteric, covers the Illuminati's origins and subsequent subversion into the ranks of Freemasonry and traces the ever-present counter culture's desire for freedom against tyranny, as well as self-illumination, through the centuries to modern day, where it now rises up with the help of technology and digital vigilantes Julian Assange ...more
Araminta
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: give-aways
I never understood anything about the illuminati before i read this book, although i had heard about it. I understood there were societies like anonymous and wikileaks and what they were about but the illuminati was one i had never looked into before.
I find it shocking that these societies have to exist to protect us from the people in power today. Societies pushing back and trying to balance the books so to speak. Trying to show us what is going on and who is pushing the wrong way.
It is a tho
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Stacey Bookerworm
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I originally decided to request this title because I was intrigued by the blurb. I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 because despite it being interesting and highly readable it was a little bit too out there for me. I found the arguments intriguing and there were elements seemed plausible.
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