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," 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
""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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."