Freemasons For Dummies

2nd Edition

Since its publication in September 2005, Freemasons For Dummies® has sold over 150,000 copies and is the world's best selling introduction to the ancient and accepted fraternity of the Freemasons.  

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. For anyone looking for an evenhanded overview of Freemasonry's past, present, and future, this guide is the key.

Solomon's Builders

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.

Heritage Endures

Perspectives On 200 Years of Indiana Freemasonry

NEW FOR 2018  –  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.

"Hodapp's engaging style transcends the page." — The Square Magazine

The Templar Code For Dummies


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. 

Conspiracy Theories & Secret Societies For Dummies


Christopher L. Hodapp & Alice Von Vannon

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. 

Deciphering The Lost Symbol

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.

  • Discover the meaning of "The Lost Word"
  • Decode Masonic and alchemical symbolism
  • Explore the innermost rooms of Masonic lodges and temples
  • Visit the restricted area of the U.S. Capitol and other landmarks
  • Uncover secret patterns in Washington, D.C.'s maps and monuments
  • Crack the codes buried in The Lost Symbol's artwork and puzzles 

Freemasonry • A mythic past • A visionary future • A legendary brotherhood