10 must read Masonic books for all Freemasons

This list is compiled from the personal views of myself, Amazon sales charts, Goodreads and general discussion of must-read Masonic texts from various Brothers around the internet. These books range from titles excellent for the individual curious about Freemasonry or the newly raised Brother to those who’s Masonic careers are long in the tooth and simply want to expand their knowledge of the Craft. In no particular order, onward to the list:


  • The Mason’s Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual – the meticulous, documented, research in this text provides a fantastic look at Freemasonry from the 18th and 19th centuries and is presented in such a way that it engages the reader and is actually an enjoyable experience, later books in this list can be quite dry at times but this book is an exception.

  • Freemasons For Dummies – in this book Bro. Hodapp masterfully enlightens readers on the basics of Freemasonry. This text is a must-read for those that are curious about Masonry and newly raised Brothers.



  • The Builders: A Story and Study of Freemasonry – in The Builders Bro. Newton offers us a scholarly look at the general origins and history of Freemasonry. Written in 1914 it’s possible readers will find the style a bit… different than they are accustomed to but it’s by no means bad. The ancient mystery religions as well as the birth of ‘modern’ speculative Freemasonry in the early 18th century. The Librarian prefers The Mason’s Word to this title but still finds it a worthy read for all Brothers.



  • The Meaning of MasonryThe Librarian has several copies of this book on his shelves, he received a copy or two as gifts after being raised and is guilty of buying a copy or four himself. Written by Wilmshurst roughly a century ago this title is still a treasure, all Masons should own a copy (and in fact, Amazon regularly has used copies for as little as a penny plus shipping so there’s no excuse).


  • Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry: Extended Annotated Edition – ideally try to find one of the leather bound 100ish year old editions, otherwise the Extended Annotated Edition is good enough. Bro. Mackey put together a wonderful resource when he made these two volumes and every Brother should have it on their shelves, even if to simply turn to a page at random and read from time to time.




  • Morals and Dogma: Of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – Yes, it says Scottish Rite. Bro Pike has lecture after lecture in this title which pushes it to nearly 900 pages and is by no means at all a book one should expect to tackle quickly. Every Mason should read this sometime in their life, if they choose to go Scottish Rite or not. Do yourself a favor and spend a little extra, find one of the older leather versions.