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Best Masonic Books

Best Masonic Books

on Fremasonry

Here is the current list of best masonic books as voted by our readers. The choices were made based upon their own experiences, enjoyment, and insights gained into the many aspects of Freemasonry explored here. If there is a book you would like to recommend, feel free to email a few words to us on why it worked for you. New votes are included in the next update.

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Civil War

House Undivided            

by Allen E. Roberts  (1996)

Based on his work while Master of Civil War Lodge of Research No. 1865. Brothers fought for North and South, but were still brothers.

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House Reunited                                         

by Allen E. Roberts  (1996)

Continues the above exploration into the years following the Civil War amid recriminations and the need for reconciliation.

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Roots of Freemasonry

Sworn in Secret

by Sanford Holst  (2012)

An historian and Mason's look into the rich history of Freemasonry, discovering the things that drove it to be the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Insightful and relevant to Masonry today.

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Born In Blood

by John J. Robinson  (1989)

For twenty years this was the most popular book on Freemasonry.

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Antimasonic Party in the United States 1826-1843, The

by William Preston Vaughn  (1983)

Follows the rise and fall of the antimasonic movement, as well as the political party that developed from it.

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A Pilgrim's Path

by John J. Robinson  (1993)

An insightful account of his questions and experiences in becoming a Mason, with a frank and open discussion of the attacks being made on Masonry today.

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Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia

by Henry Wilson Coil  (1961)

Highly regarded encyclopedia with over 1750 short entries describing intricate details within Freemasonry.

Available from

Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania

and Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply

Encyclopedia of Freemasonry

by Albert G. Mackey  (1912)

A masterful early encyclopedia covering all areas of  Freemasonry.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry, The

by S. Brent Morris  (2006)

An introduction to Freemasonry, its organization and practices, and includes illustrations.

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Freemasons for Dummies

A popular introductory work on Masonry's craft lodges, appendant bodies, and a portion of its history.

by Christopher Hodapp  (2005)

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Knights Templar

Origin of the Templars

by Sanford Holst  (2017)

The Knights Templar are such an important part of York Rite Masonry that this look into brotherhood shared by the men who started the original Templar Order is especially valuable to us.

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Prince Hall

Black Square and Compass

by Joseph A. Walkes, Jr  (1981)

The formation of Prince Hall Masonry is explored in considerable detail. Updated in 1994.

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Prince Hall Masonic Quiz Book, A

by Joseph A Walkes, Jr  (1997)

Follows the development and survival of Prince Hall Masonry and the experiences of its members.

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Around the World

Freemasonry Universal: A New Guide to the Masonic World

by Kent Henderson and Tony Pope  (2000)

This exploration of lodges around the world is a new edition of their 1985 book that was titled Masonic World Guide.

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World Freemasonry: An Illustrated History

by John Hamill and R.A. Gilbert  (1991)

A beautifully illustrated look at lodges around the world.

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Ritual and Symbols

Craft and Its Symbols, The

Deals with Masonry's third degree and symbolism, with 81 illustrations.

by Allen E. Roberts  (1974)

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Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol

A look into all three craft degrees, concepts and symbols.

by W. Kirk MacNulty  (1991)

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American History

Freemasonry in American History

This lengthy exploration of Freemasonry's involvement in American history is some- times described by readers as a hard read but worthwhile.

by Allen E. Roberts  (1985)

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Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840

by Steven C. Bullock  (1996)

A college professor attempts to follow the role of Freemasonry during the formation of the United States.

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Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe

by Margaret C. Jacob  (1991)

A college professor seeks to trace Freemasonry as a continuation of the Enlightenment period in Europe.

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Masonic Enlightenment:  the Philosophy, History and Wisdom of Freemasonry

by Michael R. Poll, editor  (2006)

A series of articles by various authors

on aspects of Freemasonry, including jurisprudence, spiritual significance, Rosicrucianism, and world peace.

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Scottish Rite

Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle: Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction

by William L. Fox  (1997)

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Valley of the Craftsmen, A Pictorial History: Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction, 1801-2001

by William L. Fox  (2001)

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