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The Untold Story of History’s Most Misunderstood Woman

• Who was Mary Magdalene? Why are we so fascinated by her?

• What is fact and what is fiction about her role in early Christianity?

• How should we interpret the Gnostic Gospel of Mary and other alternative ancient scriptures?

• Why did the Roman Catholic Church represent Mary Magdalene as a repentant prostitute after her death? Why did the Vatican change its mind fourteen hundred years later?

• How is Mary Magdalene influencing today’s spiritual and religious movements?

SECRETS OF MARY MAGDALENE: The Untold Story of History’s Most Misunderstood Woman, edited by Dan Burstein and Arne J. de Keijzer with an introduction by Elaine Pagels, (September 17; 384 pages with 16 page full color insert; $24.95/hardcover, CDS Books) seeks to clarify and answer these questions and many more by pulling together in one timely and accessible book a wide range of fascinating ideas and new scholarship about Mary Magdalene.

Burstein and de Keijzer are the team responsible for the New York Times bestsellers Secrets of the Code and Secrets of Angels & Demons. They now have assembled a team of the world’s leading experts in their field to bring readers SECRETS OF MARY MAGDALENE. Their new book takes an all-encompassing look at the woman who lies at the heart of the controversy re-ignited by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. It examines Mary Magdalene's role in early Christianity and how her role and significance may have been deliberately suppressed, and her image tarnished, to serve the purposes of an evolving Roman-controlled Church. It explores the discovery of the Gnostic Gospels and their revelations as well as examining how for many modern women, Mary Magdalene has become a symbol of the sacred feminine.

SECRETS OF MARY MAGDALENE gathers world-class experts from different faiths, backgrounds, and perspectives, to discuss the most thought-provoking new ideas and original thinking about Mary Magdalene. The contributors, over 35 in all, include Elaine Pagels, Karen King, Bart Ehrman, Marvin Meyer, Tori Amos, Bruce Chilton, Kathleen McGowan, Anna Quindlen, Margaret Starbird, Deirdre Good, and many more. From her depiction in paintings by Leonardo da Vinci to references to her in the films of Walt Disney; from debate about her in the mainstream Roman Catholic Church to the invocation of her spirit in Wicca and New Age ceremonies, the Mary Magdalene story is a Rorschach test of modern beliefs about women, gender politics, sexuality, Bible history, religion, faith, spirituality, and cosmology. Reflected here, through the prism of Mary Magdalene, are the ideas and theories of these and numerous scholars who are re-thinking key questions about religion, spirituality, gender, and western culture and civilization itself.

The Secrets series of books was launched in 2004 with Secrets of the Code, which spent more than five months on the New York Times bestseller list. Secrets of the Code is now available in a new, updated paperback edition and is on sale in more than thirty international editions, making it the world’s most popular and in-depth guide to The Da Vinci Code phenomenon. Subsequent titles in the series have included Secrets of Angels & Demons and Secrets of the Widow’s Son. With the publication of Secrets of Mary Magdalene, there are now over four million Secrets books in print worldwide. Edited by Burstein and de Keijzer, the Secrets books have been bestsellers in almost every major global publishing market. They have also been the basis for special collector’s issues of US News & World Report. DAN BURSTEIN’S SECRETS OF MARY MAGDALENE, a companion documentary film, is being released at the same time as the book. Secrets of the Code is currently in production as a feature film documentary, directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jonathan Stack and Secrets of Angels, Demons & Masons is a two-hour documentary, currently available on DVD.

DAN BURSTEIN is the co-creator of the “Secrets” series, which, in addition to SECRETS OF THE CODE, includes Secrets of Angels & Demons, Secrets of the Widow’s Son, and Secrets of Mary Magdalene. Burstein is a much sought-out expert on the issues relating to The Da Vinci Code and has appeared on numerous television specials from the History Channel’s “Beyond the Da Vinci Code,” to Inside Edition, Geraldo, and MSNBC.

BURSTEIN is the founder of Millennium Technology Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in innovative new technology companies. He is an award-winning journalist and author of six prior books on global economics and technology, including Yen! Euroquake, Road Warriors, and Big Dragon. He is also the co-author of BLOG! How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing Politics, Business and Culture.

ARNE J. DE KEIJZER, co-editor of Secrets of Mary Magdalene with Dan Burstein, is a writer, former China business consultant, and Burstein’s partner in Squibnocket Partners LLC. Together with Burstein he created the Secrets series of books and was managing editor of the New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Code and co-editor of Secrets of Angels & Demons. He was also a contributing editor to BLOG!. His other work has appeared in publications ranging from Powerboat Reports to the New York Times.

The Untold Story of History’s Most Misunderstood Woman

Publication date: September 17, 2006
384 pages with 16 page full color insert
ISBN: 1-59315-205-1

For more information or to arrange an interview with Dan Burstein, please contact: Lottchen Shivers, 845,876-8791,