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The Mormon Corporate Empire: The Eye-Opening Report on the Church and Its Political and Financial Agenda Paperback – May, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Pr (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807004073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807004074
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #940,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bound to provoke controversy, this impressively researched study by two social scientists (Heinerman is also a Mormon) charges that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed an $8-billion financial/corporate empire whose influence on U.S. society is of concern. Once small and much-persecuted, and now widely respected, the Mormon church, the authors contend, is a "rising, authoritarian, powerful group," with some five million members worldwide, whose little-understood purpose is to supersede other religions and take "political and economic control" of the U.S. in preparation for the Second Coming. Heinerman and Shupe detail the church's diverse financial holdings (including broadcasting resources that "dwarf" those of electronic evangelists like Jerry Falwell); its "extraordinary" influence in government and military circles (the FBI and CIA recruit heavily among Mormons), where "para-patriotic" followers often feel an ultimate allegiance to the church. Chiding the media for accepting the church's carefully cultivated "benign" image, the authors argue that this crusading group, seeking to bring about a theocracy in the U.S., demands close scrutiny.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

By focusing on the financial and political strength of the Latter-day Saints, Heinerman and Shupe provide a useful complement to Robert Gottlieb's more general America's Saints ( LJ 8/84). They describe in greater detail than any previous study the true extent of Mormon wealth in the public sphere. Since much of the information is confidential, the authors have used anonymous informants extensively to provide educated analysis of Mormon holdings in stocks, property, telecommunications, and other resources. They also track out-of-the-way sources such as newsletters and court documents. Their insights are informed by recognition of Mormonism as a religion that actively paves the way for the millennium, and they have sought to provide a fair and even-handed presentation. This intriguing book will fascinate general readers. David S. Azzolina, Univ. of Pennsylvania Libs., Philadelphia
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Jones on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Don't know what the reviewer who only gave this book 1 star read, but this book is full of extremely accurate information. I have read a few of Shupe's other books and have researched much of his information to find him extremely credible and honest with his details.
The Mormon church is very involved in some highly questionable, if not outright illegal, activity when it comes to their handling of church finances.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Breecher on June 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Anyone interested in the financial workings of a large "mega" church will probably find this book interesting. This book is not your typical "anti-mormon" literature. Also, it isn't exactly "faith promoting" either. The problem Mormons have with this book is that it exposes a part of the LDS church which the "faithful" would rather us "gentiles" not see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Burningham on June 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
*Note: This review is of the paperback version. I have not seen the hardback copy.

Out of the numerous books I have read about my birth religion, this one is in my top three. 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.

Kay Burningham, Attorney

Author of "An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism."
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