American Freemasons (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/10/1
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“Tabbert, curator of the National Heritage Museum and master of a Masonic lodge in Massachusetts, writes from the inside out, offering an interesting overview of the history of Freemasonry and its attributes.”
“This beautifully-illustrated book is the best introduction to the Masonic past now available for brothers and for curious outsiders.”
-Steven C. Bullock,author of Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730–1840
“Visually, this is an attractive book: large format, profusely illustrated, just on the right side of coffee-table-ish.”
“The real history of Freemasonry is arguably more interesting than all the tales woven about it.”
-U.S. News & World Report
“From colonial times to the present, Masons have always been central to community life in America. Mark Tabbert tells their story in a fresh and arresting way. . . . This informative and visually delightful book introduces us to a vital aspect of our nation's civic history.”
-Theda Skocpol,Harvard University
Mark A. Tabbert is Director of Collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia and the former Curator of Masonic and Fraternal Collections at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Northern Light, Heredom, and American Studies.
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Quick scan over it grabbed me immediately on a subject I absolutely have no idea on - so its a pure mind expansion and a book that will be great to dip in and out of over the next few weeks! Will have to resist temptation not to rush right through it as it seems jam packed with exciting and interesting stuff! Fabulous!
As mentioned by at least one other reviewer I did detect a slight bit of bias, but then again every author has some bias based upon experience and beliefs. However, the book provides so many references that I would have difficulty doubting the credibility. The book also provides beautiful illustrations that accent the points in the text.
My recommendation is to purchase the hardcover as this book is a beautiful bookshelf reference. Whether you are interested in the organization or just a history buff I highly recommend this work.
I lost my Dad when I was fourteen, never to return.
So I never understood the mystery or his dedication to it.
Reading American Freemasons opened those memories and gave me insights and an understanding of the man I never really knew.
While the author, a Lodge Master and Masonic Museum Curator, is understandably sympathetic to his society, he pulls few punches. He is critical of a variety of internal factors and decisions in the last few decades which have contributed to the organization's membership decline. He also provides a frank and factual record (highly footnoted) of the ACTUAL genesis of Freemasonry, without reference to the later fantasies of conspiracy theorists and New Age Templar delusions.
He also explores the entire spectrum of fraternal organizations and their successes and failures. Perhaps the most interesting part of the history is the parallel growth of Prince Hall (African-American) Freemasonry.
The book is extremely well illustrated with photos, prints, and objects from the museum collection Mr. Tabbert oversees. A must read on the subject.
I'm mostly writing about Amazon's poor choice in book reviewers: Reed Elsevier. This type of slander is reminiscent of treatment the Third Reich gave Masons in the Thirties. No facts, just the slime of evil suggestion.
Maybe Reed Elsevier should ask the tens of millions of Americans that have been aided by Masonic & Shriner charities what they think of Freemasons?
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Joseph S. Campbell