“Brother Hodapp treats the topic with honesty and sincerity, but not with a cloying reverence."
Jim Tresner, Scottish Rite Journal
"Hodapp's engaging style transcends the page."
The Square Magazine
“Chris Hodapp has produced the very best one volume book on the general background of Freemasonry that I have ever read.”
Bil Vassily, Grand Lodge of New York
Since its publication in September 2005, Freemasons For Dummies® has sold over 170,000 copies and is the world's best selling introduction to the ancient and accepted fraternity of the Freemasons. Now in its 3rd edition, it contains updated statistics, developments, website references, and more.
This fun to read and informative guide explains the organization's origins in medieval Europe, its philosophy and purpose, along with the elaborate rituals, secret signs, and cryptic symbols that set Freemasonry apart from other fraternal orders. The book profiles famous Freemasons throughout history, including many of America's Founding Fathers, as well as prominent politicians and business leaders. It offers a balanced assessment of the many controversies and conspiracy theories that continue to swirl around Freemasonry.
Many individual lodges and grand lodges all over the world have adopted Freemasons For Dummies as an introduction for their new candidates to the complexities of the fraternity. But veteran Masons of many years will find eye-opening information, too. For anyone looking for an evenhanded overview of Freemasonry's past, present, and future, this guide is the key.
“No book since John Robinson’s ‘Born In Blood’ has created more interest and excitement in Masonic circles and among the general public.”
Carl Wilson, The Rite Recorder
“This might be the best general book on Freemasonry any Mason or non-Mason could want.”
Gary Dryfoos, A Page About Freemasonry
Solomon's Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Building of Washington D.C.
Solomon's Builders transports you back to the birth of a radical new nation and tells how a secretive society influenced and inspired the formation of what would become the most powerful nation on earth.
Solomon's Builders follows George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and the other Founding Fathers who transformed the lessons of their Masonic lodge rooms into models for a new democracy. In the process, it pieces together the still-visible clues of the Freemasons as it uncovers the mystical Masonic symbolism hidden in the design of the city and in its monuments, statues and buildings.
From “all-seeing eyes,” pentagrams, and Egyptian-inspired obelisks, to the imposing and mysterious Masonic temples of the "Widow's Sons," Solomon’s Builders guides readers on a Freemason’s tour of Washington, D.C. as it separates fact from myth and reveals the background of Dan Brown's novel, The Lost Symbol, the sequel to The Da Vinci Code.
"SOLOMON'S BUILDERS deserves repeated and ongoing mention as an excellent survey of Freemason influences on United States history."
Midwest Book Review
"Hodapp's work is the first well written account of the philosophical thinking that led to the formation of a common man's democracy. This is the reference book that teachers need to read and public schools use in their American History classes."
Karl Grube, Ph.D.,Bonisteel Masonic Library, Ann Arbor, MI
"Indeed, this is one of the better books that I have seen that credits Freemasonry where credit is due, while debunking many of the more common claims made by both Freemasons who wish to see Freemasonry's positive influence everywhere, and by our enemies who use it to reveal Freemasonry's insidious attempt at world domination."
Thomas W. Jackson, The Northern Light Magazine
"What distinguishes SOLOMON’S BUILDERS from the good and bad, malicious and benevolent, is its honesty, humor and clarity ."
Mark A. Tabbert, Author of American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities
"Hodapp brings us something a little different; an academically written book on the early days of American Freemasonry without the pretentious trappings of most scholarly treatments on the subject."
Stephen Dafoe, Author of Nobly Born
Perspectives On 200 Years of Indiana Freemasonry
Freemasonry crossed the western frontier to the edge of the Indiana Territory along the banks of the Wabash River in 1809. It would take nine more years and the declaration of Indiana statehood before the formation of the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM on January 13, 1818 in Madison. Since that time, Indiana's Freemasons have been at the center of their communities, their state, and the nation.
Heritage Endures is a different type of Masonic grand lodge history book. It frames the Hoosier state's fraternity within America's history and the outside Masonic world for the last two centuries. Heritage Endures explores some of the most fascinating, heroic, touching, turbulent, and a few of the most unsettling moments of Indiana's and America's Masonic history.
This book was commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM for its 200th anniversary. But Heritage Endures goes far beyond the borders of Indiana and tells a broader tale of Freemasonry as a fraternal and social force that has evolved and adapted to suit the times in which it has resided. It is a unique series of perspectives of the Masonic fraternity in America as a whole, using the Hoosier state's Masons and their lodges as an example of the nation's wider fraternal landscape.
"I don't know if the Grand Lodge of Indiana is special, but this history is—it's well written and fascinating to read..."
S. Brent Morris, Scottish Rite Journal
"Christopher L. Hodapp is one of the leading Masonic authors and voices of the present time."
Alton G. Roundtree,
The Phylaxis Magazine
"Hodapp's engaging style transcends the page." The Square Magazine
Christopher L. Hodapp & Alice Von Kannon
This no-nonsense guide reveals the meaning behind the cryptic codes and secret rituals of the medieval brotherhood of warrior monks known as the Knights Templar.
The Templar Code For Dummies is for those who have a genuine interest in the Templars, as well as the millions of people whose interest was sparked after reading or watching The Da Vinci Code and want to know more about the Knights Templar and other secret societies. The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterious symbol – it is the Code by which the Knights Templar lived and died, the Code that bound them together in secrecy, and the Code that inspired them to nearly superhuman feats of courage and endurance.
“[A] wonderful book on the history of the Templars and the crusades that is sure to be of value to those interested in learning more about the Knights Templar. Hodapp and von Kannon not only cover this aspect of the subject, but also delve into the various neo-Templar Orders that exist today including the Freemasons and the SMOTJ.”
Stephen Dafoe, Author of Nobly Born
“If you’ve ever read works about the Templars before and felt like you’d just asked a question of one of the blind men describing an elephant, then this is certainly the book for you.”
Ed King, MasonicInfo.com
“Everything you would ever want to know about the Templars is laid out in the freewheeling but accessible "Dummies" style to which Hodapp and Von Kannon are becoming very well accustomed.”
Nathan Brindle,The Indiana Freemason Magazine
Christopher L. Hodapp & Alice Von Vannon
A conspiracy theory is the idea that someone, or a group of someones, acts secretly, with the goal of achieving power, wealth, influence, or other benefit. It can be as small as two petty thugs conspiring to stickup a liquor store, or as big as a group of revolutionaries conspiring to take over their country’s government. Individuals, corporations, churches, politicians, military leaders, and entire governments can all be conspirators, in plots as evil as secretly developing nuclear weapons, as creepy as smuggling stolen human transplant organs, or as annoying as cornering the market on neighborhood $4-coffee joints. And secret societies are the repositories of the hidden knowledge that spins the conspiracy theory.
Whether you're a skeptic or a true believer, this fascinating guide, packed with the latest information, walks you through some of the most infamous conspiracy theories — like Area 51 and the assassination of JFK — and introduces you to such mysterious organizations as the Illuminati, the Bilderbergers, Freemasons, the Ninjas, the Mafia, Rosicrucians and more. Sorting out fact from fiction, you'll be able to explore their impact on society today.
“Whether it’s organized crime, the Illuminati, or world domination, Chris and Alice take you down the dark alleys of mystery and fear but always keep a flashlight focused carefully so you won’t get grabbed by the hobgoblins. . . This is a book with an easy to read style and it’s one you can consume in small pieces at your leisure. I’ll bet, though, that like me you’ll devour it within a few pleasant hours and set it down having learned a bunch of things about events and organizations you thought you had thoroughly understood prior to that.”
Ed King, MasonicInfo.com
The influence of Freemasonry on the founding of Washington, D.C., is evident throughout the city's buildings, statues and monuments--but it's written in coded symbols that few people understand. Dan Brown's thriller The Lost Symbol sends symbologist detective Robert Langdon through the capital to unravel its Masonic secrets. Now in Deciphering The Lost Symbol, Christopher L. Hodapp compares each clue and plot twist in Brown's story to the true facts.
"Alchemy, temples, restricted areas, hidden codes, and more, "Deciphering the Lost Symbol" is a must for those who search for hidden meanings in what seems to be plain sight.
Midwest Book Review
“...confident in recommending it to everyone, Mason and non-mason alike. This is the perfect a compliment to The Lost Symbol and I feel it should be on the shelf right next to it on your bookcase.”
David Naughton-Shires, Masonic Art Exchange
by Christopher Hodapp & Alice Von Kannon
There's no better way to explore the world around you than with a motorhome, trailer or camper. The best parts of home – a comfy bed, your own bathroom, and space to take whatever you might want or need – go with you, and you can go almost anywhere! But buying an RV is a major investment, so it's wise to learn all you can about choosing and maintaining one.
Whatever draws you to the mobile life―adventurous domestic vacations or permanently itchy feet―RVs & Campers For Dummies helps you feel right at home in your home away from home. Authors Chris Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon are a husband and wife team who've had a lifelong love affair with the RV lifestyle. They'll help you to compare your options, understand RV maintenance, learn what supplies to stock, then pack up and hit the road!
Sweeping historical romance by Alice Von Kannon.
Captain Isaac McCallister, five years a slave in North Africa, has returned from the grave, and Salem has put out a wary welcome. It is 1803, and the village of Salem, once known only for the dark horrors of its witch trials, is now a cosmopolitan seaport and the richest city in America. Isaac is a damaged man, looking for a reason to go on living.
He finds it when he meets Eleanor Hampton, his step-brother's daughter, an eccentric young painter living in genteel poverty on his estate along with her mother and sister. Despite the long-standing bitterness between the two families, Isaac is bewitched by this determined, gifted woman, while Eleanor is unexpectedly drawn to him. He's not the man she expected- no coarse merchant prince who could reduce the beauty of art to the banality of dry goods. There is a gallantry in Isaac that couldn't be snuffed out by the hell of Algerian slavery.
But his unexpected proposal of marriage sets dark forces out of the past into motion, resulting in a stunning betrayal and a brutal murder. And as her passion for her enigmatic husband consumes her, Eleanor finds there's no danger she's unwilling to face to save him from the hangman.
A 21st Century Response To Dwight Smith
by The Knights of the North
Edited by Christopher L. Hodapp
In 2004, an extended paper was widely disseminated anonymously in Masonic chat rooms, forums, and elsewhere online. Entitled Laudable Pursuit and attributed to an unidentified collection of a handful of authors calling themselves the "Knights of the North," the paper became both notorious and praised. The Knights described themselves as a Masonic "think tank," and the paper was crafted out of Internet conversations held between 2003-04. Based on Dwight Smith's 1960s collected essays, Whither Are We Traveling? and Why This Confusion in the Temple?, the paper provided modern answers to the vexing questions posed by Smith that had largely gone unaddressed by the U.S. fraternity in the ensuing decades.
Laudable Pursuit advanced numerous proposals that combined new approaches with older practices, in parallel with much of what became the "traditional observance" or "observant" lodge movement.
Much of what the Knights clamored for became adopted policies in numerous U.S. lodges and jurisdictions. It continues to be praised as one of the finest calls to action, if not the finest, since Smith penned his original works, and it is widely considered to the the most influential foundational document for 21st century lodges in America. Many of the contributors went on to found new lodges in the U.S. and Canada, and established the acclaimed Masonic Society research organization in 2011.
Also available online as a free download at: The Knights of the North website.
NEW FOR 2020 - Audio book version now available
All proceeds from sales of Laudable Pursuit benefit the Masonic Library & Museum of Indiana.
Wiley Publishing is able to print a customized special edition of Freemasons For Dummies with your Grand Lodge or research lodge's information in it, featuring a customized cover, along with your own group's information on the inside covers. This makes the perfect welcome gift for new or potential members.
The minimum order for a custom version is 1,000 books ($11 per copy or 45% off), with an additional price break at 2,000 copies ($10 per copy, 50% off).
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