Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids, by Jim Marrs, was first published in 2000.
The book is organized into six (6) parts. The main text is 410 pages with a proper bibliography and index. Generally, each chapter is no more than 10 pages, so it is easily accessible for readers who do not want to read too much in one sitting.
Introduction – The author points out the obvious that the world is ruled by the few. He briefly discusses the accidental view of history versus the conspiratorial view.
Part I: Modern Secret Societies – Each chapter covers a particular group, including the Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderbergers, Rockefellers, Morgans, Rothschilds, Skull and Bones, amongst others.
Part II: The Fingerprints of Conspiracy – Chapters include topics such as the paper known as the “Report from Iron Mountain”, the Persian Gulf (First Gulf War), Vietnam, JFK, Korea, Thulists, Hitler, Japan, World War II, Russian Revolution, Communism, amongst others.
Part III: Rebellion and Revolution – Each chapter covers a group or historical event, including the French Revolution, the Jacobins and Jacobites, Sir Francis Bacon and the New Atlantis, American Revolution, Illuminati, Freemasonry and their plots, amongst others.
Part IV: Elder Secret Societies – Each chapter covers a particular group, including the Knights Templar, Assassins, Cathars, Merovingians, amongst others.
Part V: Ancient Mysteries – Chapters include a discussion on the topics of Rome and early Christianity, Cabala, some conjectures about Moses and the Egyptians, Sumerians, and the Anunnaki.
Although some connections are made, it is not as if the author has traced in detail a hard connection between the ancient world and the modern secret societies. Ultimately, the book has breadth rather than depth. It covers each topic simply and briefly. The disadvantage is that it can be overly simplistic. For example, unlike many others and to his credit, the author doesn’t state that the Knights Templar were a bad group from their inception, but it can be read that way since he just focuses on the evidence of corruption. Whether it is the Knights Templar, early Christianity or the ancient world, the author could have provided a richer picture if he was more aware of certain bits of history, traditions and science.
In spirit, Rule by Secrecy is not dissimilar to Pawns in the Game by William Guy Carr and The Unseen Hand by A. Ralph Epperson. Treated as an overview or a quick reference, it is not a bad book despite some limitations.
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