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For those new to the Craft, or for the intellectually curious, members of Clinton Masonic Lodge offer the following reading recommendations.
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Masonic traditional books

These titles are recommended by individuals only, and are not necessarily endorsed by any lawful Masonic body. Titles followed by an asterisk (*) were written by Freemasons.

Baigent, Michael & Leigh, Richard, The Temple and the Lodge
(Arcade Publishing, NY, 1989)
Theorizing, and documenting, the survival of the Templar traditions through the birth of the Masonic Lodge, the book charts the history of Freemasonry through its medieval roots and into the modern era . . . They show how Freemasonry contributed to the formation of the United States as an embodiment of the ideal “Masonic Republic.”

Carpenter, William A., The Exemplar
(Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, 1985)
A primer of Freemasonry for Pennsylvania Masons, written by a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.

Carr, Harry. The Freemason at Work
(Burgess & Son, London 1976)
A primer in all things Masonic, written and a question & answer format.

Churton, Tobias, The Magus of Freemasonry
(Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 2006)
The mysterious life of Elias Ashmole – Scientist, Alchemist, and Founder of the Royal Society.

Harwood, Jeremy, The Secret History of Freemasonry
(Lorenz Books, London)
An account of the rituals, signs and symbols associated with the beliefs and history of Freemasonry.

Hodapp, Christopher, Freemasonry for Dummies*
(Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2005)
A 32nd Degree, Knight Templar, and Past Master, Hodapp gives a fine, basic, introduction to The Craft.

Hogan, Timothy. The Alchemical Keys to Masonic Ritual
(lulu.com, 2011)
A study of the possible origins of many Masonic symbols and practices in the discipline of Alchemy in the 17th century.

Jeffers, H. Paul, Freemasons, Inside the World’s Oldest Secret Society
(Citadel Press, NY, 2005)
Jeffers delves into Masonic history to reveal the surprising and controversial truths behind the ancient order, from its mystery-shrouded origins in medieval Europe through its rise in America.

Kipling, Rudyard, The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories*
(Oxford Univ. Press, 1996)
The featured tale, “The Man Who Would Be King,” chronicles the adventures of two vagabond Freemason veterans who attempt to establish a kingdom among Afghan tribesmen, based upon Masonic tradition and principles. It is a classic of high adventure, and a searching parable of Empire.

Knight, Christopher, and Lomas, Robert, The Hiram Key*
(Fair Winds Press, Gloucester, MA, 2005)
A controversial search for the origins of Freemasonry in the beginnings of Christianity. Written by two Freemasons.

Lomas, Robert, Turning the Hiram Key*
(Fairwinds Press, Gloucester, MA, 2005)
Lomas has tackled the big questions about The Brotherhood. What is the purpose of Freemasonry? What do Masons gain from the working of its rituals? What can be gained from the spiritual teachings of “The Craft”? Lomas describes his own journey through the mysteries of Freemasonry.

Lomas, Robert, The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation*
(Lewis masonic, Hersham, UK, 2008)
In this new book Lomas explores the spiritual underpinnings of Masonic Initiation in a way that will open for you profound depths of meaning in the three degree initiations. Highly recommended.

MacIntyre, Ben, The Man Who Would Be King
(Farrar, Straus, Giroux, NY, 2005)
The true story of Josiah Harlan, a Pennsylvania Quaker and the first American to enter Afghanistan. The true life story behind Kipling’s famous tale, The Man Who Would Be King.

Mackey, Albert Gallatin. The Symbolism of Freemasonry
(Forgotten Books Press, 2002)
First published in 1882 by a major Masonic scholar

Millar, Angel, Freemasonry, A History*
(Thuder Bay Press, San Diego, CA, 2005)
A comprehensive account of the history of Freemasonry and its spread from Europe to the New World. Illustrated with over 150 photographs, this book documents the rituals, symbolism, and people involved in Freemasonry.

Robinson, John J., A Pilgrim’s Path*
(M. Evans & Co., NY, 1993)
Robinson relates the history of attacks against Freemasonry and the motives behind those attacks. In doing so, he discusses the origins of Freemasonry, its tenets, and its goals. He then takes on the anti-Masonic voices who seek to destroy the Craft.

Robinson, John A., Born in Blood*
(M. Evans & Co., NY, 1989)
“If there is only one book you read concerning the beginnings of Freemasonry, I would highly recommend this one. It is a fascinating account of the Knights Templar after the death of DeMolay in 1313, to the establishment of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717.” — The Montana Masonic News