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Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

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Presenting an advanced and authoritative perspective, this definitive study chronicles the rise and fall of the Order of the Illuminati, a mysterious Enlightenment-era guild surrounded by myth. Describing this enigmatic community in meticulous detail, more than 1,000 endnotes are included, citing scholars, professors, and academics. Contemporary accounts and the original d ...more
Paperback, 531 pages
Published January 31st 2009 by Trine Day (first published November 1st 2008)
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Taliesin Mcknight
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
★★★☆☆ Although this book does its fair share of fear-mongering and is taken from a conspiracy theorist standpoint, i still give this book 3 stars because it does produce a fair share of historical material. My only issue is the bias against the order as a "harmful" institution bent on destroying the power of the church and monarchy. While I'm sure the order was opposed to the oppressive power of Church and State, i don't think that makes it a purely sinister and evil organization. But what do yo ...more
Lindegard
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely mind-blowing. This book changed the way I think about the Enlightenment. An outstanding resource. A few minor errors here and there, but I believe Melanson researched and wrote this entirely on his own, while juggling several other full-time engagements. One hopes this book will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
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May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Illuminating.
Dennis Fernandes
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Very interesting to see how the vatican has labelled this group over the centuries which is as usual, a big load of shit.
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