Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy

What do we really know about modern practicing polygamists--not fictional ones like the Henrickson family on HBO's Big Love? We've seen the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the news, the underage brides in pioneer dresses on a Texas ranch. But the FLDS is just one of many groups that have broken with mainstream Mormonism to follow those parts...

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Title:Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy
Author:Sanjiv Bhattacharya
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Secrets and Wives: The Hidden World of Mormon Polygamy Reviews

  • Barbara Z.
    One of my favorite reads of the year, and a fresh take on a subject which has been nearly wrung-dry in most media. Some people will never get enough of the autobiographical "I escaped polygamy" genre, but I did, and the subset of those books which wind up with the author finding Jesus makes me cower...
  • Bryan Schatz
    This book blew me away. You are immediately launched into an entirely intriguing and wholly bizarre world where prophets dictate their mini-societies, outsiders are looked on with suspicion, and the apocalypse is surely just around the corner. It's incredibly entertaining, often hilarious, but also ...
  • Louisa
    So about a third of the way through Secrets and Wives it went missing. I searched everywhere for it--through various rarely used handbags, bookshelves (both at home and at the library), behind the bed where many a book has in the past gone to die but nothing. It seemed to have vanished. And then thr...
  • Hanna
    Sanjiv Bhattacharya is definitely out for a juicy scoop here... Nevertheless, he does a good job. Although the book is interesting and readable it's also full of cultural stereotyping and assumptions. It's worth noting that a British-Indian may not be the best choice of person to try to approach the...
  • K2 -----
    I found this book fascinating but also quite depressing knowing this underworld exists. It rambled a bit too much and could have had a much heavier editing hand.Bhattacharya, an atheist, sets out to try to comprehend the fringe elements of the LDS and presents to us the story of plural marriage as h...
  • Alison
    I had much higher expectations from this book than it reached, but still glad I read it. Bhattacharya managed a great deal of access to several of the organised polygamous groups around Utah and the US desert, and with a journalist's appreciation for who, what, when, where and why, his outline of th...
  • andrew y
    there were a couple glimpses of fascinating subcultures in this book, especially in the 1/2 - 3/4 range. but what came before really grates - the author tries to be funny or cram in his obvious intelligence to make sure we are on his side during most of the introduction, and in the conclusion he mee...
  • Stephanie
    I actually read the about 25% of this book and sent it back to Amazon for a refund. While the author talks about how he wants to write an unbiased, untainted book on polygamy his disdain for the Mormon religion and his personal rants clearly showed his lack of respect for the lifestyle and the relig...

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