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Cecil John Rhodes made a fortune from diamonds and gold, became Prime Minister of the Cape and had a country named after him.
But his ambitions were far greater than that.
When he was still in his twenties, after a meeting with General Gordon of Khartoum, Rhodes set up a secret society with the aim of establishing a new world order.
The society, disciplined on Jesuit-style rules, became Rhodes’s lifelong obsession.
After his death it lived on and grew under the leadership of his executor Lord Alfred Milner.
The society played a key role in the governance of Britain during the Great War and the peace terms to end it.
It was linked to appeasement initiatives involving Hitler, the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson before World War II.
Echoes of the secret society survive in different guises to this day, including the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Rhodes Scholarships.
In “The Secret Society”, Robin Brown unpacks this astonishing and largely unknown history.
He brings Rhodes, his companions and his successors to life by drawing from diaries and letters, and sheds new light on Rhodes’s homosexuality.
Ranging from the diamond mines of Kimberley to the halls of power in Westminster, and peopled with characters such as General Gordon, Leander Starr Jameson, W.T. Stead, Olive Schreiner, the Princess Radziwill, Joseph Chamberlain and David Lloyd George, this book is a page-turner that will make you see the world, both past and present, in a different light.
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There must have been a cover up of this Secret Society.— Robin Brown
Rhodes was a chameleon.— Robin Brown
Rhodes used to carry around a bag of diamonds. He would drop one on the floor just to get attention.— Robin Brown
It’s not difficult to find material once you know where to look for.— Robin Brown
Rhodes was not a racist in his time. You have to judge history in its time.— Robin Brown
Rhodes felt evangelically driven. He came to believe in his own karma.— Robin Brown
The Confession of Faith was a Rhodes document outlining his plans to build a new order with British rule extended across the world and the USA returned as part of the British Empire.— Robin Brown