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.

Archive for the ‘Deep background’ Category
August 8th, 2014

Rosa mystica, ora pro nobis

A century after 1914, Europe’s Eastern Borderlands have every reason to be on edge… Honor i Ojczyzna

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May 24th, 2013

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

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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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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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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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August 11th, 2011

New health warning on Templar myths

Our Dan Brown-tinged era has put a kind of “full-employment act” in place for spinners of Templar myths. Some of these entrepreneurs cater to the desire for escapism and fantasy (which, given the state of the world at the moment, is perhaps understandable). Much of it is less benign, from the dozens of murders and […]

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June 6th, 2011

Evidence of time travel to the year 2041

Your humble curators have found that it’s possible to travel to the year 2041. Sort of. In the bowels of the Harvard University archives is one sealed copy of the bicentennial history of the fabled Porcellian Club, with strict instructions that it is not to be opened until 2041 — a year when most or […]

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April 13th, 2011

“Catnip for Conspiracy Theorists,” and other Bunga-Bunga tales

We are pleased to report that your humble curators are still alive and well, even if not blogging frequently. We realize we are overdue for an update, especially since the recent successful launch of the Italian edition of Secret Places. The original cover design is shown above, which some suggested looked like an entrance to […]

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December 13th, 2010

From Templar revivals to private intelligence services…

Force of Habit Your curators have noticed that habits, uniforms and ceremonial dress never go out of fashion. Have you come across the Militia Templi, a Templar revival that actually has ecclesiastical approval? Or perhaps the recently-founded Evangelii Praecones (Heralds of the Gospel), created in Brazil and also enjoying an official status with the Church? […]

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December 4th, 2010

Apocalypse 1957, and other frightening thoughts

Your curators have been nudged to provide a bit of an update on the eclectic variety of subjects we cover. Armageddon: we recently came across some interesting reportage on Mao’s address to the 1957 world confab of Communist leaders in Moscow. It seems that the Great Helmsman boldly advocated global nuclear war, unnerving and shaking […]

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