SECRETS OF INFERNO is a reader’s guide to the journey Dan Brown took us all on in INFERNO. The book gives readers the “back story” on particular plot points, Dante references, symbols, historical events, philosophy, art, music, and architectural works that Brown wrapped into his story. It is also an intellectually enriching, intriguing, fresh and fun look at Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY, the world of ideas circulating in Florence on the cusp of the Renaissance, and the relevance of those ideas to our lives and our world today.
Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer are the world’s leading experts on Dan Brown’s fiction. Beginning with their path-breaking SECRETS OF THE CODE, which spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list in 2004, and continuing through four other guidebooks to Dan Brown’s fiction (as well as three film documentaries and two special editions of US News), Burstein and de Keijzer have sold more than three million copies of Dan Brown-related commentaries in more than thirty languages. In the wake of each Dan Brown title over the last decade, the media (from the History Channel to CNN to MSNBC to USA Today to the Washington Post) have turned to Burstein and de Keijzer for interpretations of Dan Brown’s books, decoding of the hidden symbols and ciphers, explanations of the controversies, and thoughtful separation of fact from fiction in these supremely popular stories that somehow always manage to fascinate our culture well beyond the bounds of their pop fiction genre.
The ultimate guide for any Dan Brown fan, SECRETS OF INFERNO is entertaining, thought-provoking, and will make the experience of reading INFERNO richer than you ever imagined.
Teodolinda Barolini, Da Ponte Professor of Italian, Columbia University
Steven Botterill, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Jamais Cascio, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for the Future and Senior Fellow, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Joel E. Cohen, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Populations at The Rockefeller University and Professor of Populations at the Earth Institute of Columbia University
William Cook, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History (Emeritus), State University of New York, Geneseo
Alison Cornish, Professor of Italian, Romance Languages, and Literatures department, University of Michigan
Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University, president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology, and author of The Population Bomb
Glenn W. Erickson, Professor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil)
Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Coming Plague
Cheryl Helm, Dan Brown codes and puzzles expert
Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian, Yale University
Julie O’Connor, Fine art photographer and photojournalist
David Orban, Futurist, CEO of Dotsub, and former chairman of Humanity+
David A. Shugarts, Investigative reporter, author of Secrets of the Widow’s Son, and contributing editor to the Secrets series
Gregory Stock, Biophysicist, biotech entrepreneur, and founding director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine
Natasha Vita-More, Chairman, Board of Directors of Humanity+ and author of the “Transhumanist Manifesto”