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Kidnapped From That Land: The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamist Paperback – October 27, 1993

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"[Bradley’s] masterful treatment of Short Creek will not only become a standard reference for students of Mormon polygamy, but will also be appreciated by a larger audience as a much needed lesson on cross cultural understanding and religious tolerance."—Sunstone
 



 “A careful, humane observer and a sharp, resourceful writer and researcher, Bradley has carved out a chapter of our collective past that many will find disturbing.”
—The Salt Lake Tribune


 “One of the most accurate…insightful and analytical study of the roots and complexities of modern-day fundamentalism. [A] splendid volume. The value of Bradley’s book is immeasurable. It illuminates a period of Mormon history largely misunderstood, and provides a heretofore unseen glimpse of yesterday and today’s fundamentalist polygamist culture.”
—The Journal of Arizona History


“Good writing and good scholarship combine to make an intelligent and engrossing book; Bradley here secures her reputation as a formidable scholar of some of the divergent paths of Mormonism.”
—Syzygy
 


 “This important and starkly relevant history addresses issues of religious freedom and politics as they relate to any denomination. Bradley brings to her subject fine research and a solid understanding of Mormon culture and social structures. She resists one-dimensional treatment of gender issues in polygamous family unions by providing insightful glimpses into the actual lives of a sincere community earnestly living not just religious tenets but a cultural consciousness.”
—Religious Studies Review


 “A serious student of Mormonism certainly will find the book interesting, as will anyone concerned with small, close-knit religious communities.”
—Utah Historical Quarterly


“A very good book indeed. The defining text in its field. It is a must read for anyone interested in alternative family structure and dissent.”
—Western Historical Quarterly
 


“With insight and compassion for the families that were fragmented by the arrests, Martha Bradley reveals the complex legal and religious issues surrounding the practice of polygamy. A masterpiece of scholarship and a ‘window in time’ upon one of the more curious and enduring subcultures in America.”
—Midwest Book Review
 

About the Author

Martha Bradley is assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press (October 27, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874805287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874805284
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,043,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author was very detailed, quoting extensively from newspaper and court proceedings. Detailed accounts of the preparations, execution, and aftermath of the raids. The author is more successful than other authors in maintain a fair bit of objectivity. The objectivity holds throughout the history, only really falling apart at the end when discussion Short Creek life in the early 1990's, where the narrative departs significantly from those of the numerous accounts of life under the rise of Warren Jeffs.
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I found the book in a Utah bookstore the same weekend I first visited the town. We were staying with a family that we had business with. We were not aware the town is polygamous but were able to figure it out fairly quickly. Later we told the folks we had stayed with about the book and they had never heard of it. We loaned them our copy and one comment they made was the number of innaccuracies listed. None of them were particularly major but they were numerous. We were favorably impressed by the people we met. My wife visited there again last year and stayed for nearly two weeks. She says that the depiction of the community in the book really doesn't match what she saw during her stay. We did feel that the book didn't take a "mainline" Mormon viewpoint versus the community's minority viewpoint.
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