National Press Club

Secrets of the Tomb

November 14, 2002

About This Video

Run time: 57 minutes

Ms. Robbins discussed her book Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, The Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power, published by Little, Brown and Company. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Order of Skull and Bones secretly recruits a small number of Yale juniors for membership each year. The members, known as "bonesmen," are sworn to secrecy about the activities, power and scope of the society. Ms. Robbins interviewed 100 "bonesmen" for information about the secret initiation rites and the organization's influence on world affairs.