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The following books have been recommended by the Grand Lodge Committee on Masonic Education as a good place for non-masons to begin learning about Freemasonry. This list is from the Grand Lodge of Virginia website

Freemasons For Dummies

Freemasons For Dummies
Author: Christopher Hodapp
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (January 22, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1118412087
ISBN-13: 978-1118412084
This balanced, eye-opening guide demystifies Freemasonry, explaining everything from its elaborate rituals and cryptic rites to its countless symbols and their meanings. If you're intrigued by the mystery that surrounds the Masons, get ready to learn the facts about this ancient order in Freemasons For Dummies.

The Craft and Its Symbols

The Craft and Its Symbols
Author: Allen Roberts
Publisher: Macoy Pub & Masonic Supply Co; 6th edition (June 1, 1985)
ISBN-10: 0880530588
ISBN-13: 978-0880530583
The newly raised Master Mason should have it, because it explains meanings of the initiation ceremonies he has just gone through, which he probably did not grasp at the time. HIS WIFE? WHY? Because she will gain an understanding of the new avenues opening for a better and fuller life for the entire family.

American Freemasons

American Freemasons
Author: Mark A. Tabbert
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: NYU Press (October 1, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0814783023
ISBN-13: 978-0814783023
Published in conjunction with the National Heritage Museum, this extravagantly illustrated volume offers a brief overview of Freemasonry’s origins in 17th-century Scotland and England before exploring its evolving role in American history, from the Revolution through the labor and civil rights movements, and into the 21st century.

Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, D.C.

Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers, and the Secrets of Washington, D.C.
Author: Christopher Hodapp
Paperback: 324 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press (December 21, 2006)
ISBN-10: 1569755795
ISBN-13: 978-1569755792
This paperback focuses primarily on American Masonic lore and demystifies and debunks many common myths about the Craft, especially those related to the foundation of the United States and the layout of Washington, D.C.

Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol

Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol
Author: W. Kirk MacNulty
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
“Freemasonry: A Journey through Ritual and Symbol” offers the reader a glimpse into the Craft of Freemasonry through its 133 illustrations and the secrets hidden in its text. Freemasonry from its ancient past, to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London, England in 1717.

Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance

Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance
Author: W. Kirk MacNulty
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (October 17, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0500513023
ISBN-13: 978-0500513026
This book comprehensively explains Freemasonry through its fascinating visual culture, rich in mysterious and arcane symbols of life, death, and morality that have evolved over centuries of secrecy and that have profound philosophical meaning. The book is copiously illustrated with many specially researched items from Freemasonry archives.

Freemasonry: Ritual, Symbols & History of the Secret Society

Freemasonry: Ritual, Symbols & History of the Secret Society
Author: Mark Stavish and Lon Milo DuQuette
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0738711489
ISBN-13: 978-0738711485
This is a must-have for the budding Masonic scholar or prospect. Organized like a textbook, each chapter concludes with “key points,” “assignments,” and “suggested reading.” This is an excellent guide for vastly enhancing one’s knowledge of Freemasonry.

The Everything Freemasons Book

The Everything Freemasons Book
Author: John K. Young PhD. and Barb Karg
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Everything (March 13, 2006)
ISBN-10: 1598690590
ISBN-13: 978-1598690590
A remarkably comprehensive journey through all things Masonic, this Masonic Guide by two non-Masons is balanced, fair, factual, and authoritative. It presents an excellent “outsider’s” look at the Craft, its history, symbols, and place in today’s world.

101 Things You Didn’t Know About The Freemasons

101 Things You Didn’t Know About The Freemasons
Author: Barb Karg and John K Young
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Adams Media; 1st edition (January 19, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1598693190
ISBN-13: 978-1598693195
This pocket sized guide provides reliable information in 101 short chapters. This little book is worth having around to dip into from time to time for subjects of interest to the prospect and the most learned Freemason.

Freemasonry and the Birth Of Modern Science

Freemasonry and the Birth Of Modern Science
Author: Robert Lomas
Paperback: 302 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (November 22, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1500842834
ISBN-13: 978-1500842833
This is Robert Lomas’ best, giving a thorough history of the British Royal Society in the seventeenth century, before Freemasonry went public. Lomas relates the founding of the Royal Society, its rules against discussion of politics and religion at its meetings, and the scientific contributions of its members, notably William Harvey, Robert Boyle and Christopher Wren.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry
Author: S. Brent Morris Ph.D.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Alpha; 2nd edition (February 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1615642374
ISBN-13: 978-1615642373
What is the truth about the Masons suggested in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code? Can Freemasonry really be dated back as far as Babylon? Did they really coordinate the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution? What really goes on at a Masonic Lodge during an initiation?