This eye-opening account... is an epic, continent-spanning story that reaches right into the present.
'Dickie's book acts as a soothing balm for these irritated, irritating and irritable times... startling... distinctly refreshing... astonishing... Dickie laces his text with enough bizarre characters to pull the reader through, and his no-nonsense tone is a tonic.'
'A work that is sweeping, synthetic, finely crafted and freshly conceived.'
'This relaxed and jaunty tone pervades The Craft, which is written from an outsider's perspective without giving credence to the more lurid conspiracy theories that have been attached to Freemasonry over the centuries.'
The Craft offers the reader a highly readable survey of Freemasonry from its origins in Scotland to its expression across the globe; its manifold rites, degrees, and personalities - quite an achievement! [...] For the general and specialist reader alike, a concise and scholarly account.