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The Hidden Message of the Great Seal is a book that delves into the history of the seal of the United States, the signers and writers of the declaration whom also created the seal, and the symbolism of the seal. With almost 300 pages of historical information, 295 images, and interpretations this paper back book by Micheal Kanis is rich with history and research. Published by Hidden Message, LLC the book is a treasure trove of pictures and images relating to the founding of our nation.
The book begins with chapters discussing the significance of the seal, discussion of the values system, and information about studying the seal. Then he goes into chapters that discuss some of the key players in the creation of the seal. Then he goes into the various elements of the seal, before finishing up with research-based interpretations. Throughout the chapters it is clear that he is writing from a Christian perspective and he includes various scriptures in a few places, as applicable.
My thirteen-year-old son is an avid reader and has been reading this book over the last several weeks. He said that it was a good book, but it had a lot of information and was not one of those books he could just sit down and quickly read. He had to stop and think and digest what he was reading. While he does not mind reading fiction books of this length, he found the length combined with the depth of the information to be a bit daunting. He was reading about one chapter per school day and is a little over half way through the book. My husband will be helping him work through the rest of the information a little bit at a time.
My husband, our resident history buff, also read part of the book and shared his opinion.
“The Hidden Message of the Great Seal is well researched and supported, yet not too academic in nature. Riding a fine line between broad history and specialist style evaluation and assessment of some of the most notable public symbols of the United States and her government, focusing the majority of the work on the Great Seal. Author Michael Kanis delves into the past, exploring the “foundational truth” during the first nine chapters and setting the stage for Francis Hopkinson’s work on finalizing the seal in 1782. Hopkinson is of course closely associated with several early American symbols, perhaps most famously the flag, likely creating the 13 star and 13 stripe flag authorized by congress by the June 14, 1777 Flag Act. Kanis points out that the 1782 seal revision, which resulted in our current seal, was influenced by the new American flag.
Popular fiction aside, symbology is a deep and meaningful subject, well explored and easily subject to conspiracy theory. Kanis steers clear of conspiracy and tends to walk a rather conservative path, building the symbology of the seal piece by piece. Exploring the history and inspiration for dozens of symbols incorporated into the nation’s seal.
I believe, Kanis’ ultimate message to be one of inspiration and hope. Echoing a theme from the scientific community. We can advance our society and improve our civilization by understanding the past and striving to improve ourselves as well. Kanis’ closing chapter focuses heavily on virtues and their importance in maintaining our freedom as a nation and a people.”
Overall, I think this is a well researched and written book, but it is a pretty dense piece of research, it’s not light reading and it definitely has a specific message and objective, the “rescue [of] a republic in peril”. From an educator’s standpoint I think this book would make a great unit study for something like a high school history club. Or perhaps as a component of an advanced civics class. I would not consider it light reading and for any student younger than high school it would probably need some guidance. I see our family using it again when we do high school civics in a couple of years as a component of our study of American government.
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