James H. Billington, a prominent historian and former Librarian of Congress, has indeed written about the role of secret societies and revolutionary beliefs in modern revolutions. In his book "Fire in the Minds of Men: Origins of the Revolutionary Faith," Billington explores the influence of various secret societies and revolutionary ideologies on historical events.
Billington argues that secret societies, such as the Freemasons, Illuminati, and Carbonari, played a significant role in the spread of revolutionary ideas during the Enlightenment and beyond. These societies often promoted radical political and social ideologies, and their members were active participants in revolutionary movements.
Additionally, Billington discusses the impact of yellow journalism, a style of journalism that uses sensationalism and exaggeration to attract readership, on modern revolutions. He highlights how media outlets with political agendas, often aligned with secret societies or revolutionary movements, used yellow journalism to sway public opinion and mobilize support for their causes.