Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs (Paperback)

Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs By Debra Weyermann Cover Image
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The compelling story of the struggle by law enforcement and activists to dismantle the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) is finally told. In 1953, when police raided the Short Creek compound of the FLDS, it soon became a political and publicity nightmare eventually costing the governor of Arizona his job. Thus began 50 years of skittish public officials turning a blind eye to heinous offenses such as child abandonment, kidnapping, statutory rape, and incest, as well as massive tax and welfare fraud. Warren Jeffs became the new FLDS prophet and president in 2002, and anti-FLDS activists watched in horror as he used his boundless authority and the resources of a tax-supported community to devastate thousands of lives on cruel whims. This exposé presents a detailed, chilling account of how a hostile, destructive group can manipulate the U.S. judicial system. It is a mesmerizing journey into one of the United States's darkest corners, a story that stretches over three states and deep into the history of the powerful Mormon Church.

About the Author

Debra Weyermann was an award-winning journalist who wrote for numerous publications, including the Arizona Daily Star, the Denver Post, Harper’s, and the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Praise For…

"Weyermann's well-researched muckracking is colorful and gripping . . . a disturbing account of how a religious quasi-dictatorship can flourish on American soil."  —Publishers Weekly

"The book is undeniably unsettling—the author doesn't pull any punches in her descriptions of the FLDS' illegal acts—but it's also definitely worth reading as a reminder of the horrors that can go on in our own backyards." —Booklist

"A worthy read . . . Weyermann writes crisply." —Phoenix New Times

"Weyermann's powerful exposé on the FLDS' origins, its subsequent rise to power and how it held court over the U.S. political system is essential reading as the struggle for justice continues today. A masterful exploration of one of America's most shameful secrets." —Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9780913705391
ISBN-10: 091370539X
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2018
Pages: 400
Language: English