The mysterious allure of secret societies.



Cults, Conspiracies, & Secret Societies

By Arthur Goldwag


In this sprightly and engaging volume, Arthur Goldwag looks under the beds, into the corners, and through the false walls of history and modernity to illuminate not only the Illuminati, but Freemasons, the Knights Templar, the Chaffeurs, the Bilderberg Group, Oulipo and dozens of other clandestine organizations.






Foucault's Pendulum

By Umberto Eco


The second novel from the pen of the author of The Name of the Rose, perhaps the most intellectually intricate international bestseller of all time, Foucault’s Pendulum entwines the reader in a plot hatched by three mischievous editors in modern Milan, who use their knowledge of the Knights Templar, the Freemasons, and the Rosicrucians to plot their way into unexpected peril.





Secrets of the Tomb

By Alexandra Robbins


A Yale graduate herself, the author here penetrates the veil of secrecy surrounding that Ivy League institution's most fabled secret society, Skull and Bones, which has claimed the loyalty of presidents, Supreme Court justices, and financial titans—exerting a hidden but powerful influence on the course of American politics and culture from the 19th into the 20th century.





The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

By Jeff Sharlet


“The Family” -- a society of fundamentalist Christian political players and power brokers that makes its base at “Ivanwald,” its house along the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia -- has been much in the news of late. This 2008 book is an investigatory narrative tracing the historical roots and contemporary branches of this enduring, if hidden, pillar of America’s ruling class.




The Manchurian Candidate

By Richard Condon


Twice filmed—first, and unforgettably, in 1962 by John Frankenheimer, whose cult classic, starring Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, and Frank Sinatra, was pulled from circulation for a quarter-century after JFK’s assassination—Richard Condon’s captivating novel about American Korean War soldiers brainwashed by Chinese captors retains all of its Cold War thrills and chills.




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Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.