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Book Title: Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power|
The author of the book: Alexandra Robbins
Date of issue: September 4th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780316735612
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 798 KB
Edition: Back Bay Books
Read full description of the books Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power:Okay so things I learned from this book:
1) Yale is kinda the worst??
2) I mean it's probably fine.
3) But if you have no experience of it and only read this book, it seems like basically the worst. Elitist, conservative, snobbish, bratty, academically disinclined. Alexandra Robbins doesn't do well by her alma mater.
4) Skull & Bones is the worst of these worsts.
5) The patriarchs had hissy fits in the 70s when the current members wanted to include women. wtf. Also Yale only became coed in the 60s?! wtf
6) People really cared about the Skull & Bones while George W. was president.
7) George W. was also the worst.
8) Secret societies are ridiculous and really adolescent.
9) Networking is everything and I'm going to be poor forever.
Overall, this was okay. I read it cause I'm currently into Yale (for ~writing research~), not secret societies, so I found some of the chapters -- particularly the one outlining the Bush connections in excessive detail -- seriously boring. BUT: in the end, Robbins does a solid job of debunking some of the insane conspiracies, and I did really enjoy the history of Yale stuff.
But honestly if anyone seriously thinks secret societies are anything other than pretentious little shits being pretentious little shits, I mean, they shouldn't.
Read information about the authorThe author of Goodreads BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
The author of five New York Times bestselling books, author Alexandra Robbins is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (given by the Medill School of Journalism), a 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (given by the National Women's Political Caucus), and the winner of the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. She has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Forbes. Robbins regularly appears in the national media, on shows such as "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "The Colbert Report" and "Anderson Cooper 360."
The winner of the 2007 Heartsongs Award for contributions to the mental health of children and young adults, Robbins is also a frequent public speaker and a judge for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Awards.
Hailed by the press as “an excellent stylist and a first-rate mind” and “a media celebrity,” Robbins has developed a riveting signature style of investigative journalism that reads like a fast-paced work of fiction. The New York Times said Robbins’ latest book, The Overachievers, an Editors’ Choice, “reads like very good ...fiction, thanks to its winning cast, its surprising plot twists and its pushy parents.” People Magazine named The Overachievers its Critics’ Choice, gave it four out of four stars and called it “impossible to put down,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “quick and riveting.”
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