"This well-balanced collection by historians, social scientists, and legal scholars, most of them established experts, provides a comprehensive treatment of the FLDS and other contemporary polygamous cultures in North America. The authors examine religious and other rationales for this way of life that are offered by both male and female participants, and present candid critiques both of the polygamous communities and of their antagonists in law enforcement and in the mass media."---Armand L. Mauss, author of The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation
"At last some light, not just heat, about America's new polygamy scandal, its roots and ramifications. Both well reasoned and well written, this book shows the people and the principles at stake. It will change how you think about both."---Kathleen Flake, Associate Professor of American Religious History, Vanderbilt University
Lara Burton earned an MFA in English in 2009 from Brigham Young University, where she is an adjunct faculty member in the English Department. She has authored five published essays and was the National First Place Winner in the 2009 Iron Horse Literary Review Discovered Voices contest. She is an eighth-generation Mormon.