The Temple and the Lodge Author:Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh Traces the history of Freemasonry from its roots in the Order of the Temple (the Knights Templar), a medieval chivalric religious order, to its influence on European political thought and on the formation of the U.S in the colonial era.
I liked this book more than their other book "Holy Blood, Holy Grail." The authors tell the history of the Knights Templar and the Freemasons while addressing the possibility of them being related. What I liked best about this book was the history, especially about the Revolutionary War. The authors really didn't pick a side, but they did leave the door open for you to belive about the possibility of a Masonic influence during the Revolutionary war. I'm not sure if I believe any of it, but it was an interesting theory.