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Too much history in too little space,
This review is from: Mormon Polygamy: A History (Paperback)
Van Wagoner is a gifted amateur historian who has obviously done an incredible amount of research as reflected in the detail and breath of the book. I would recommend it as an excellent general treatment of Mormon plural marriage but have a couple of criticisms: Van Wagoner occasionally presents rather controversial quotes of questionable provenance without sufficient context for the reader to evaluate them. Not a problem for the experienced reader, but problematic for the books intended audience. Additionally, the book is so busy covering all the ground there is to be covered that certain aspects of the practice get short shrift. its certainly worth reading though, especially as a companion to "In Sacred Loneliness" by Todd Compton.