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Mormonism: its true history, theology, sociology, politics and agenda

A Listmania! list by Kay Burningham (United States)
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The list author says: "Over the past few decades, scores of former Mormons, scholars of Mormon history and others have written extensively about Mormonism. A broad range of topics have been addressed: Mormon origins, polygamy, the Mormon pioneer heritage, Mormon sociology and numerous personal accounts of leaving the LDS Church. I have read each one of these books; here is my list of the best of them."
An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism
1.  An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism by Kay Burningham
The list author says:
  ""An American Fraud," analyzes Mormonism within the context of the American civil justice system.  As a result of the distorted propaganda promulgated by the LDS hierarchy, millions of LDS have joined or have remained committed to a corrupt organization."
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Studies of the Book of Mormon
2.  Studies of the Book of Mormon by B. H. Roberts
The list author says:
  "B.H. Roberts, an early 20th century LDS leader, raised issues about Book of Mormon origins in a 2 day session with LDS brethren, who ignored his questions. This book is a compilation of Roberts' writings which proves that Joseph Smith's work was not what he claimed."
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Mormon Polygamy: A History
3.  Mormon Polygamy: A History by Richard S. Van Wagoner
The list author says:
  "Unlike some other LDS writers, Van Wagoner remains inscrutably objective in his presentation. For decades, almost two centuries now, the Mormon hierarchy has successfully covered-up most of their founders' and leaders' polygamous relationships. However, these relationships are matters of historic record and are proven here by the author with primary source documentation."
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Wife No. 19, Or, the Story of a Life in Bondage: Being a Complete Expose of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women I
4.  Wife No. 19, Or, the Story of a Life in Bondage: Being a Complete Expose of Mormonism, and Revealing the Sorrows, Sacrifices and Sufferings of Women I by Ann Eliza Young
The list author says:
  "Excellent memoir by a young polygamist wife of Brigham Young. Ann Eliza ultimately divorced Young and sought alimony. She became an outcast in the Desert Territory. Her memoir addresses the horrors of Mormon polygamy and her testimony before Congress helped pass legislation that eventually outlawed polygamy in Utah."
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The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes
5.  The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes by Ed Decker
The list author says:
  "As a former Mormon, Ed Decker has the insight to write about LDS theology. I have found this book to be filled with excellent facts revealing the hidden activities, history and perhaps even the agenda (although in my mind that has not yet been proven) of Mormonism. Anyone who wonders why Mormons are questionable candidates for high political office should read it."
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Tell it All A Woman's Life in Polygamy
6.  Tell it All A Woman's Life in Polygamy by Fanny Stenhouse
The list author says:
  "Another excellent memoir by a 19th century Mormon convert who eventually succumbed to her husband's desire to follow the prophet into polygamy and the heartbreak that ensued."
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Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
7.  Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith by Linda King Newell
The list author says:
  ""Mormon Enigma," originally published in 1984, is a biography of Joseph Smith's first wife, Emma Hale. It brought the wrath of the Brethren to bear on what had been for the few years prior, an unprecedented access to Mormon historical primary source materials. They originally banned the authors from speaking about the book in Church. After lots of publicity, the ban was lifted."
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Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows
8.  Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley
The list author says:
  "Great history of the despotic tactics used by Mormon prophet Brigham Young and his Danites, the thugs who enforced and rid the Deseret Territory of apostates.  The history includes a thorough treatment of Mountain Meadows Massacre where about 120 innocent Arkansas Pioneers were slaughtered en route to California while resting near present day Cedar City, Utah."
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Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy
9.  Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy by David Roberts
The list author says:
  "Excellent history of the Mormon pioneer trail and the heart-breaking accounts of faithful LDS who died and sacrificed all to make the trek across the plains to Utah.  Perhaps one of the first accurate recountings of the true horrors of the trek, including the frequent amputations from frostbite, the rickety handcarts and the fact that each pioneer was allotted barely enough food for survival."
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Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft
10.  Under the Prophet in Utah; the National Menace of a Political Priestcraft by Frank Jenne Cannon
The list author says:
  "Great alternate history of life in late 19th & early 20th century Utah, by politically astute congressman son of Mormon leader, George Q. Cannon, Frank Jenne Cannon."
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The Mormon Corporate Empire: The Eye-Opening Report on the Church and Its Political and Financial Agenda
11.  The Mormon Corporate Empire: The Eye-Opening Report on the Church and Its Political and Financial Agenda by John Heinerman
The list author says:
  "The authors have scrupulously collected very important details about the Mormon Conglomerate and provide surprising, and at times, even shocking, facts. Heinerman and Shupe offer hard, cold facts, not just opinion or hypotheses about Mormonism's financial base and political influence. Great book, by two authors who are not reluctant to document the truth."
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An Insider's View of Mormon Origins
12.  An Insider's View of Mormon Origins by Grant H. Palmer
The list author says:
  "Grant Palmer, an LDS educator for decades, in all humility and with obvious reluctance, comes to conclude that Mormonism's origins are not what has been claimed by LDS Leaders. He whispers to his reader in a manner consistent with inculcated LDS reluctance to speak the truth. Palmer is just one of many otherwise intelligent people who have fallen for the Mormon Lie."
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...by his own hand upon papyrus
13.  ...by his own hand upon papyrus by Charles M Larson
The list author says:
  "Original replicas of the Egyptian papyri claimed to have been written by the Old Testament prophet, Abraham. Exposes Smith's claimed 'translation,' with the accurate  translation of Egyptian hieretics."
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The Mormon Murders
14.  The Mormon Murders by Steven Naifeh
The list author says:
  "An outstanding true crime account of former LDS missionary, Mark Hoffman's document forgeries, which fooled members of the LDS hierarchy. Initially the scam was successful. Later, Hoffman killed two Mormons with homemade pipe bombs meant for local Church leaders, then injured himself as well."
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Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon
15.  Inside the Mind of Joseph Smith: Psychobiography and the Book of Mormon by Robert D. Anderson
The list author says:
  "Great psychoanalysis of Mormonism's founder, Joesph Smith Jr., by a former Mormon and psychiatrist."
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Inside the Mormon Mind
16.  Inside the Mormon Mind by Elizabeth T. Tice
The list author says:
  "Short, well-written thesis on Mormon 'groupthink,' by former Mormon psychologist."
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An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith
17.  An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith by Joseph Smith
The list author says:
  "Concise, primary source collection of Mormonism's founder, Joseph Smith Jr.'s journals (kept mostly by scribes)."
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The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power
18.  The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power by D. Michael Quinn
The list author says:
  "Part one of a fact packed, two-volume work by liberal LDS historian, D Michael Quinn.  Great resource for detailed Mormon history."
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The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power
19.  The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn
The list author says:
  "Part two of a fact packed, two-volume work by liberal LDS historian, D Michael Quinn.  Great resource for detailed Mormon history."
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Mormonism - Shadow or Reality?
20.  Mormonism - Shadow or Reality? by Jerald and Sandra Tanner
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  "Compendium of facts re: Mormonism's origins and evolution through 20th century. Very detailed, with little commentary."
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From Housewife to Heretic: One woman's spiritual awakening and her excommunication from the Mormon church
21.  From Housewife to Heretic: One woman's spiritual awakening and her excommunication from the Mormon church by Sonia Johnson
The list author says:
  "Autobiographical account of ERA supporter and Mormon feminist, Sonia Johnson. Important for an understanding of LDS male priesthood control over their women, especially in the 1970s."
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Paperdolls - Healing From Sexual Abuse in Mormon Neighborhoods
22.  Paperdolls - Healing From Sexual Abuse in Mormon Neighborhoods by April Daniels
The list author says:
  "Heartbreaking true story of child sexual abuse in LDS communities.  Well-written by two victims of Mormon familial incest from upper middle-class Salt Lake LDS families."
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The Chosen Few (Open Confessions by a Mormon High Priest)
23.  The Chosen Few (Open Confessions by a Mormon High Priest) 
The list author says:
  "Contemporary easy read about one man's life as a member of the Utah Mormon middle class (and then leaving the fold) and the pervasive delusion of 'specialness' among this group."
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Women and Authority: Re-Emerging Mormon Feminism
24.  Women and Authority: Re-Emerging Mormon Feminism by Maxine Hanks
The list author says:
  "Wonderful collection of LDS feminist writing from the late 20th century. Editor Hanks complies some of the best essays by women who dared to speak out on subjects such as prayer to a mother goddess and the denial of priesthood offices to LDS women."
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Heaven Up Here
25.  Heaven Up Here by John Williams
The list author says:
  "Authentic account of a Mormon missionary's experience in a poor Latin American country.  Interior narrative; poignant storytelling."
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Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith
26.  Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Beck
The list author says:
  "Account of life growing up, by daughter of #1 Mormon Apologist, Hugh Nibley, who allegedly sexually molested the author.  Connection between Nibley's abuse and his failure to reconcile issues re: fraud of "Book of Abraham" Egyptian papyri hinted."
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Mormon America - Revised and Updated Edition: The Power and the Promise
27.  Mormon America - Revised and Updated Edition: The Power and the Promise by Richard N. Ostling
The list author says:
  "Good summary of the religion by two journalists who have never been Mormon, but have witnessed the effects of Mormonism and the power of the LDS Chruch on at least a national level."
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The Sanctity of Dissent
28.  The Sanctity of Dissent by Paul Toscano
The list author says:
  "Paul Toscano was excommunicated in 1993 as one of six intellectuals who had voiced positions contrary to Mormon doctrine. His words present the timeless problem with freedom of speech in a theocratic or any religious environment."
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The Passion of Raptor Jesus and the Road to Mormon Apostasy
29.  The Passion of Raptor Jesus and the Road to Mormon Apostasy by Raptor Jesus
The list author says:
  "Laugh-out-loud funny, yet heartbreaking, memoir by a Generation X author who thoughtfully questions his Mormon upbringing."
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Unsaintly Saints: The Mormons in Their Own Words
30.  Unsaintly Saints: The Mormons in Their Own Words by Brad K. Berner
The list author says:
  "Great buy for $2.00! Mormons try to deny these statements, but most were taken from Mormon sources. Funny and yet sad, that this Religion has duped so many good people."
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The Apostasy of a High Priest- The Sociology of An American Cult
31.  The Apostasy of a High Priest- The Sociology of An American Cult by Park Romney
The list author says:
  "Park Romney, second cousin to Mitt Romney, writes this account of his apostasy from the LDS Church. His memoir focuses on his realization that Mormonism is an 'insidious fraud.'  His awakening forces him to question his very epistemology, how he knew what he once claimed to know as True.  Romney served for years as a local leader (high priest) in his LDS ward and stake in Southern California."
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Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon (2nd Edition)
32.  Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon (2nd Edition) by David Persuitte
The list author says:
  "Another fact-packed biography of Smith and his first creation.  Read Brodie's book first; this is supplemental. Better than Bushman's Rough Stone Rolling becasue it is  non-apologetic."
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Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet (A Biography)
33.  Joseph Smith: The Making of a Prophet (A Biography) by Dan Vogel
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  "Author presents a plausible theory supporting Joseph Smith's creation of the "Book of Mormon." Read Brodie's book first."
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Romney's Religion
34.  Romney's Religion by Thomas Phillips
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  "Significant issues for voters to consider before casting a vote for Romney. Written by a former Mormon stake president who also provides account of his 2nd anointing in the LDS temple in 2002, where he was promised to become a god in the hereafter."
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Standing For Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn
35.  Standing For Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn by Lyndon Lamborn
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  "Tale of middle-aged Arizona engineer's realization that his life had been lived under the Mormon delusion and his subsequent excommunication from the LDS Church as a result of asking too many questions."
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Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?: The Spalding Enigma
36.  Who Really Wrote the Book of Mormon?: The Spalding Enigma by Wayne L. Cowdrey
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  "In-depth research supporting the Spalding theory of influence in the creation of the Book of Mormon.  Some interesting tidbits of info. found re: the locations of Reverend Spalding and Oliver Cowdrey in the years before the 'golden bible' was published."
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