The Perfectibilists: The 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati

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    By Terry Melanson

    Describing this enigmatic secret society in meticulous detail, more than 1,000 endnotes are included, citing scholars, professors and academics. Contemporary accounts and the original documents of the Illuminati themselves are covered as well. Copiously illustrated and featuring biographies of more than 400 confirmed members, this survey sheds light upon this 200-year-old mystery. The shadowy Illuminati grace many pages of fiction as the sinister all-powerful group pulling the strings from behind the scenes, but very little has been printed in English about the actual Enlightenment-era secret society, its activities, its members and its real legacy.

    First choosing the name Perfectibilists, their enigmatic leader Adam Weishaupt soon thought that sounded too bizarre and changed it to the Order of the Illuminati. Presenting an authoritative perspective, this definitive study chronicles the rise and fall of the fabled Illuminati, revealing their methods of infiltrating governments and education systems, and their blueprint for a successful cabal, which echoes directly forward through groups like the Order of Skull & Bones to our own era. Do they still exist today? Was the group really behind revolutionary movements across Europe? What famed people were members of the arcane cabal? Find out in this rare book of Revisionist scholarship. Softcover, 531 pages, #836.