The Book

Uncovering Mysterious Sites, Symbols, and Societies


The doors of some of the world's best-hidden places and most secretive organizations have now been thrown wide open! Some of the names are familiar: Area 51, Yale's Skull and Bones, Opus Dei, the Esalen Institute. Others are more obscure, hidden by fate or purposeful deception, such as the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, the super-secure facility where Vice President Dick Cheney was secreted after the 9/11 attacks, and Germany's Wewelsburg Castle, which was intended to become the mythological centerpiece of the Nazi Regime. Readers can take an unprecedented look deep inside the off-the-map military installations and shadowy organizations that operate in the murkiest corners of our world.





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March 14th, 2014

A Lenten reflection…

“For Christ suffered and died on the cross to open the gate of Heaven not only to the respectable businessman, bank manager, doctor, lawyer… He poured forth His precious blood for the scandalmonger, the pimp and the prostitute… He endured agonizing thirst for the sots and drunkards, He endured every humiliation in satisfaction for the […]

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November 24th, 2013

Advent approaches… let us prepare and be ready

With gratitude to Francisco de Zurbarán (d. 1664), whose genius has not dimmed with the centuries. Sancte Francisce, ora pro nobis.

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November 9th, 2013

To quote Evelyn Waugh, “the Craftsman and his Apprentice”…

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May 24th, 2013

Hardly a garden of earthly delights: Michelangelo’s St Anthony

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May 19th, 2013

Whitsuntide 2013

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August 18th, 2012

Gentlemen, draw your swords

In the event you missed it, last year Warsaw was the host of the 48th Baltic Nations Kommers, a gathering of Europe’s gallant young members of the colour-wearing fraternity bodies (“corporations”) of Central and Baltic Europe (the attractive website is still live). The patron was His Excellency Count Bronisław Komorowski, President of Poland. An excellent […]

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March 4th, 2012

The Hellenic motto in club, society and fraternity lore

As amateurs of heraldry know, here’s something about putting words into Greek, Latin or French that renders them, well, somehow more interesting or inspiring than something in the usual vernacular. Societies, clubs and fraternities of all kinds have been doing this for centuries. Can anyone identify where the following openly-used mottoes come from, translated into […]

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February 25th, 2012

In historic St Andrews, a club falls — but a fraternity rises?

600 year-old St Andrews University is a place with rich tradition to go with its academic excellence and Anglo-Scottish international flair. However, in recent days, it has become a place of Clubland intrigue: it appears the venerable all-male Kate Kennedy Club will now split into two entities: an official university-recognized coed Kate Kennedy Fellowship and […]

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January 26th, 2012

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity?

How about the fourth alternative offered? – Stephen Klimczuk

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December 26th, 2011

Our Strictly Hush-Hush New Year’s Eve Miscellany

Yes, it has been far too long since our last update. So please pour yourself a generous glass of something bubbly, don a dinner jacket or white tie, fire up a good recording of Die Fledermaus, and get ready for New Year’s Eve (Sylvester for our European friends!), Curated Secrets-style… Mysteries behind mysteries: the Copial […]

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