Here is a list (in no particular order) of the Cryptic Times staff’s favorite books of all time. Some we would consider essential reading for everyone. Others may be of more specific interest to certain readers. In any event, they are all great and all highly recommended.

The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve


by G. Edward Griffin
Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians’ secrets are unveiled. We get a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, their pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A dry and boring subject? Just wait! You’ll be hooked in five minutes. Reads like a detective story – which it really is. But it’s all true. This book is about the most blatant scam of all history.

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Trance: Formation of America


by Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips
This is the documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O’Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra Project Monarch mind control operation. Chiseled deep into the white stone of the CIA’s Langley, Virginia headquarters is a partial verse lifted from the Holy Bible and writings of Saint John…””and the truth shall set you free.” This statement, like the agency, is total reality. The building that it is engraved upon houses the world’s most successful manufacturer of lies to facilitate psychological warfare. The “Company” uses truth and technology as their raw materials to produce “pure” lies for control of you and America’s allies.

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The Golden Bough


by James George Frazer
This seminal work in the field that would come to be known as cultural anthropology does an amazing job of detailing the evolution of belief systems throughout history. This is a great place to start building a foundation for understanding how and why we think and believe the way we do.

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces


by Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell’s classic work traces the mythical hero’s journey throughout time. The book that has inspired countless researchers, writers, and artists is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the cultural makeup of the world in which we live.

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The Harmonious Circle: The Lives and Work of G. I. Gurdjieff, P.D. Ouspensky, and Their Followers


by James Webb
James Webb’s biography of the enigmatic mystic and spiritual leader, G.I. Gurdjieff is authoritative and stunning. If you are prepared to de-mythologize both Gurdjieff and the enneagram, get a copy of The Harmonious Circle (1978). It is a vast and marvelously researched book. James Webb gives us a tour of Gurdjieff’s private life and the lives of his devoted followers.

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The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life


by Robert Becker, Gary Selden
The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the filed of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life. But as exciting as Becker’s discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker’s struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

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