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Book Review: Secret America: The Hidden Symbols, Codes and Mysteries of the United States by Barb Karg and Rick Sutherland

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Secret America: Hidden Symbols, Codes and Mysteries of the United States by Karg and Sutherland traces the foundations of America, as far back as ancient times. For instance, Akhenaten was considered the first real American who lead his people to equality in 1370BC. The Aten was an ancient religion founded upon the pharoh.

The eye of the taurus is on the Great American seal. The symbol of Wall Street success and strength is the bull. Both of these symbols have become a part of American insignias associated with officialdom and signs of authority.

The authors discuss common American icons like the Bohemian Club and Opus Dei. The Bohemian Club’s yearly meeting has been held for more than a century at the Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio in the county of Sonoma, California. Membership is limited to about 2700 and journalists are not favored. Literally, every Republican President since Herbert Hoover has belonged to the Bohemian Club.

The Rosicrucian Order is another society cited by the authors. Famous adherents include da Vinci, Rabelais, Francis Bacon, Descartes, Pascal, Newton and Benjamin Franklin according to the authors.

The book also documents signers of the Constitution who were free masons. This list includes famous personages like John Dickinson, Dan Carroll, Benjamin Franklin, Rufus King, President George Washington, Joe Smith and Brigham Young. Other American statesmen who were members of the Brotherhood of Free Masons include Fiorello La Guardia, Sam Nunn and Earl Warren.

Secret America is a collection of Masonic information which most Americans have little authoritative information about. The presentation provides interesting facts which round out the readers’ knowledge of American history. A strength of the work is that the authors have centralized a lot of little known information into a single work. The book is easy to read and understand.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.