Finally! *The* Bohemian Grove book I’d been hoping to find!
Review by Liberty Rocks! on Amazon.com
I was so delighted to find this book – a comprehensive history and study of the powerful and influential San Francisco Bohemian Club was long overdue! Since William Domhoff’s “The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats” has been out of print for 30 years, and other books have only skimmed the subject of the Bohemian Grove (maybe just a chapter or two), this book is nearly 450 pages on the subject – WOW! – Everything you Ever Wanted To Know About The Bohemian Grove (But Were Probably Afraid to Ask!).
Author Hanson provides a thorough history of the club, from it’s humble founding in 1873 by a group of eminent newspapers writers such as Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce and Bret Harte, through the club’s growth into a fashionable hangout for theatrical performers, musicians, artists, and movie stars in the early 20th century, to its current status of over 1500 members including some of the most powerful businessmen, politicians, and influential scholars, scientists and leaders on the planet.
Hanson manages to make this history a fascinating read (his style is not dry or too academic…that’s refreshing!), and his writing style is careful to represent all sides of the ongoing debate fairly (so’s that). Of course, there are still many unanswered questions floating around about what *really* goes on inside the Bohemian Grove, but Mike Hanson has done an excellent job in unraveling many of the secret mysteries, debunking a few conspiracy theories, while keeping his eye trained on the bigger picture…that the Bohemian Grove is only one key component in a much larger agenda that should concern all of us – WHO OWNS AMERICA? Well, this book names names – literally! – there’s even a complete Bohemian Club membership list in the Appendix section.
Also included is a complete list of the various camps at the Grove, and a list of noteables who have been club members in the past reads like a “Who’s Who in America” for the past 130 years! – everyone from Teddy Roosevelt and Jack London to Bobby Kennedy and Bill Clinton, plus famous entertainers like Will Rogers, Bing Crosby, Art Linkletter, Lowell Thomas, and yes, even California governor Arnold schwartenegger (who they say was “chosen” for the governorship at the Bohemian Grove!). Add to that every Republican president since Calvin Coolidge, right up to our current President George W. Bush, and his father and grandfather before him, and you’ve got one helluva story to tell.
The photos alone are incredible (how about Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Eisenhower all relaxing together at Owl’s nest Camp?) and the author’s own personal story of how he infiltrated Bohemian Grove is a real page-turner. I couldn’t put this book down! Pretty amazing story – Mike Hanson and Alex Jones secretly snuck into the Bohemian Grove compund in July of 2000 and captured the super-secret occult fire ritual practiced by Bohemians called “The Cremation of Care” on hidden video cameras. The result of their effort was made into a documentary film called “Dark Secrets – Inside Bohemian Grove” and the rest of the story is inside the pages of this new book by Mr. Hanson.
“Bohemian Grove – Cult of Conspiracy” is an absolutely invaluable resource to any serious political and/or occult researcher. The author goes into great detail giving documentation, references and a selected bibliography for further reading on the subject, and adding a Preface to the book about Waco and an Epilogue about 9/11 was a nice touch. Very skillful, thought-provoking work. Everybody should read it!