When Men Become Gods

When Men Become Gods

Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the rise and fall of Mormon fundamentalist Warren Jeffs, describing his role in forcing numerous young women into polygamous marriages and his own marriages to scores of wives before his activities landed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

In When Men Become Gods, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Singular casts a light on a dark corner of religious extremism. He reveals a group of fundamentalists operating in the present-day United States, where teenage girls are kept in virtual bondage in the name of upholding the “sacred principle” of polygamy.

As the leader and self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, a sect of Mormonism based in isolated southern Utah, Warren Jeffs held sway over thousands of followers for nearly a decade. His rule was utterly tyrannical. In addition to coercing young girls into polygamous marriages with older men, Jeffs reputedly took scores of wives, many of whom were his father’s widows. Television, radio, and newspapers were shunned, creating a hidden community where polygamy was prized above all else.

But in 2007, after a two-year manhunt that landed him on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Jeffs’s reign was forcefully ended. He was convicted of rape as an accomplice for his role in arranging a marriage between a fourteen-year-old girl and her nineteen-year-old first cousin.

In When Men Become Gods, Edgar Award nominee Stephen Singular traces Jeffs’s rise to power and the concerted effort that led to his downfall. It was a movement championed by law enforcement, private investigators, the Feds, and perhaps most vocal of all, a group of former polygamous wives seeking to liberate young women from the arranged marriages they’d once endured. The book offers new revelations into a nearly impenetrable enclave---a place of nineteenth-century attire, inbreeding, and eerie seclusion---providing readers with a rare glimpse into a tradition that’s almost a century old, but that has only now been exposed.



Baker
& Taylor

Traces the rise and fall of Mormon fundamentalist Warren Jeffs, describing his role in forcing young women into polygamous marriages and his own marriages to scores of wives before his activities landed him on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312372484
0312372485
Characteristics: 294 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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PrimaGigi Oct 09, 2011

I was expecting to read about how the scorned women of the FLDS rose up and stopped a megalomanic from terrorizing and ripping apart their lives and families. I could follow Singular story, he kept throwing too many people into too many wrong places and they just didn't seem to fit together. I lost track during certain times in my reading and had to go back; and reread whole paragraphs. I was hoping he would go into more about Warren Jeffs. I wanted to hear more about the women of the religion and what they did and how they took to having this new spotlight turned on them and their faith. How they dealt with the aftershock of every thing that had happened to them. I couldn't finish this book, the flow didn't jog well. I felt it was something too hastily thrown together.

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