Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power by Alexandra RobbinsOkay so things I learned from this book:
1) Yale is kinda the worst??
2) I mean its 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 doesnt 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 Im going to be poor forever.
Overall, this was okay. I read it cause Im 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 shouldnt.
Student fragt J. Kerry nach Skull and Bones - Elektroschock
For two centuries, the initiation rite of Skull and Bones has shaped the character of the men who have shaped the American character, including two Presidents named Bush. And last Saturday, April 14—for the first time ever—that long-secret rite was witnessed by a team of outsiders, including this writer. It is an initiation far more secret—and far more significant, in terms of real power in the United States—than that of the Cosa Nostra.
Skull and Bones Rituals
The oldest senior class society at the university, Skull and Bones has become a cultural institution known for its powerful alumni and various conspiracy theories. The society's alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association , owns the organization's real estate and oversees the membership. The society's assets are managed by its alumni organization, the Russell Trust Association , incorporated in and named after the Bones' co-founder. The first extended description of Skull and Bones, published in by Lyman Bagg in his book Four Years at Yale , noted that "the mystery now attending its existence forms the one great enigma which college gossip never tires of discussing". Skull and Bones selects new members among students every spring as part of Yale University's "Tap Day", and has done so since Since the society's inclusion of women in the early s, Skull and Bones selects fifteen men and women of the junior class to join the society. Skull and Bones "taps" those that it views as campus leaders and other notable figures for its membership.
Esquire, September Take a look at the hulking sepulcher over there. Small wonder they call it a tomb. For nearly a century and a half, Skull and Bones has been the most influential secret society in the nation, and now it is one of the last. In an age in which it seems that all that could possibly be concealed about anything and anybody has been revealed, those blank tombstone walls could be holding the last secrets left in America.
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If I die any time after that, it is probably natural causes. Skull and Bones alumni include George Bush Sr. Kerry, William F. Note: Giammati denies this to be the case, but he is an actor so he is literally paid to lie for a living. Bush about the frat when they were running against each other.