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Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading for New (and not so new) Masons

The books may be found in libraries, major bookstores, and from Masonic publishers such as the Southern California Lodge of Research (

  • The Newly Made Mason, by H.L. Hayward [hardcover (hc), 234 pages] An excellent started book full of Masonic facts on origin, history, and philosophy.
  • The Origins of Freemasonry, by David Stevenson [softcover (sc), 254 pages] Traces influences which formed early Freemasonry with evidence of its start in Scotland and subsequent spread to England.
  • The Pilgrim’s Path, by John J. Robinson [(sc), 178 pages] The most widely read Masonic book in years, written by a research who later became a Mason.
  • More About Masonry, by H.L. Hayward [(sc), 236 pages] Companion to #1 above relating to the origins, history, organization, and Grand Lodges.
  • Freemanson’s for Dummies, by Christopher Hodapp [(sc), 368 pages] An ency-clopedia of information about our Craft’s past, present and future. Good primer.
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry, by S. Brent Morris [(sc), 334 pages] Reveals truths and dispels myths surrounding Masonry for hundreds of years.
  • The Freemasons – A History of the World’s Most powerful Secret Society, by Japser Ridley [(sc), 359 pages] One reviewer states, “This might be the finest and the fairest historical review of Freemasonry ever published.
  • American Freemasons – Three Centuries of Building Community, by Mark Tabbert [(sc), 280 pages] Presented in coffee-table quality, describes Free-masonry’s relative importance in society in different historical times.
  • Builders, by Joseph Fort Newton [(hc), 345 pages] Outstanding classic of Masonic literature with a solid bibliography and nicely illustrated.
  • The Craft and Its Symbols, by Allen E. Roberts [(hc), 92 pages] An excellent treatise on Masonic symbols, their interpretation and application in daily life.
  • The Masonic Myth – Unlocking the Truth about Masonic Symbols, the Secret Rites, and the History of Freemasonry, by Jay Kinney [(sc), 263 pages] Sets the record straight about Masonry and reveals a truth far more compelling than the myths.
  • The Meaning of Masonry, by W.L. Wilmshurst [(sc), 173 pages] Interprets Masonic experience as progressive lessons, guiding one on a spiritual journey toward full realization of the psyche.
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