Since the founding of the premier grand lodge in 1717 London, books, pamphlets, exposures, and articles have been written about the Freemasons. They have been vilified and praised, and wherever a conspiracy theory is born, there's a Freemason in it somewhere. A whole cottage industry of alternate history began with the publication of HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL in the 1980s, and continues today with Dan Brown's popular novels breaking records. many accounts, much confusion.Jay Kinney's book, THE MASONIC MYTH, will help cut through the hype. He writes cogently, calmly, and examines the existing evidence to discuss such questions as the origins, rituals, and purposes of Freemasonry, carefully examining the facts and drawing reasonable conclusions. The book may not satisfy a taste for discovering hidden puppet-masters, but will give a well-thought-out and balanced view of just what Freemasonry is in the modern world. I highly recommend this book.