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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569765316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569765319
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Answer Them Nothing 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 bl... Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty McMahon on 9 Aug. 2013
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I've read a lot of books about FLDS and I find this one of the most up to date and informative book that I've encountered for a long time. However its very clear that the author is opposed to the cult (as is her right of course!) and she can be quite scathing and sarcastic at times, I found myself thinking "ok i get the point" more than once. It's a shame really because it is full to the brim with great information and background, it just gets a little juvenile at times so it did lose one star from me. But I do recommend it to anyone who wants an up to date commentary on the state of the church following the arrest of Jeffs.
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By Magblan on 27 May 2013
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If you know about the FLDS, this book not only gives you Tories of women who have managed to escape but it also gives you the historical background.
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The author is against polygamy but doesn't throw that in your face the whole way through. I found this book to be informative & a good read as it was well written. I do recommend this book. However as you must do will all books on this subject - sift through the lies & truth written in it.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
A Heart-Stopping Account of Modern-Day Evil Cloaked as Religion 16 Sept. 2011
By Abigail - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished several books about the narcissistic, paranoid, Fundamentalist LDS "prophet," Warren Jeffs who was recently tried in Texas. I wanted to read these to learn more about Jeffs after he was sentenced to life-plus-20 years for the rape of underage girls. This raid at the Texas compound, Yearning For Zion (YFZ) was just the tip of the iceberg, however. The many years of Warren Jeffs manipulating the FLDS faithful were appalling, vicious, and hate filled, reminiscent of the actions of the Taliban.

Some of the accounts are truly heart-stopping. The most riveting of these is "Answer Them Nothing: Bringing Down the Polygamous Empire of Warren Jeffs," by Debra Weyermann. It's very well written, including the accounts of how Jeffs had begun down the violent path of voluntary "blood atonement" for real or (his) imagined sins of the true believers. This meant that any accused persons had to willingly offer themselves up for the "gift" of being murdered by the hierarchy of his group. Only through blood atonement (having your throat slit from ear to ear) could any besmirched person have his or her sins washed away and then enter the kingdom of God. This was terrifying to read since the sacrificial altars were being built in the new FLDS temple in Eldorado, TX when it was raided. Many of the followers were trying to escape when it became clear that Jeffs was beginning his implementation of blood atonement. There isn't any fiction that could be more shocking than this story. That, and the undisputed evidence of Warren Jeffs's sexual assault upon girls as young as 10-12 is almost too much to read, especially in view of Jeffs having constructed a rape altar in the YFZ temple with spectator seats. Jeffs is a monster, a real psychopath whose entire life's effort has been devoted to gaining power, destroying the lives of others, and wreaking agony on any follower who dared to deviate from Jeffs's demand of utter and complete obedience.

It is heartening to read how Texas officials finally came to grasp that Jeffs headed a criminal enterprise in which young girls were being used as the means of exchange for power to older men. Jeffs would trade so many of a follower's daughters to older men who then gave their daughters to him. Then, the men who complied were given "priesthoods" or elevated as bishops. Many old men had as many as 100 "wives" including dozens of prepubescent "brides." Those females who tried to escape were rounded up immediately by the police who were themselves FLDS members with sworn loyalty to Warren Jeffs. Very few females have escaped.

The plight of young men was equally horrific. In order to keep the females for the elite and to avoid competition, adolescent and young men were cast out into the desert with no education, no skills, and no experience of contact with the "satanic" outer world. Many committed suicide, and many died shortly after. Some have survived. There are now safe houses for some of the cast-out males where they are given job skills and supported as they can never again see their families for the rest of their lives.

Sam Brower's new book, "Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the FLDS" is also an extremely solid, well-written book. Brower approaches his investigation of the FLDS from the perspective of a bloodhound, tracking the monster, following the more than $100 million that Jeffs used as his private slush fund (for his extravagances as his private jets, luxury cars, untold excesses), and laying open the endless schemes to defraud and cheat not only his followers but the state coffers and the U.S. government. Excellent book with meticulous detail.

I'm just now finishing Carolyn Jessop's second book, "Triumph: Life After the Cult--Survivor's Lessons." Her first book, "Escape" was a shocking bestseller about how she managed against all odds to escape from the tentacles of the FLDS with all eight of her children, one of whom is severely disabled. This second book is very well written, also, and it speaks to the strength of someone who has fully recovered from a lifetime of cult indoctrination. This is a human being who refused to be a silenced robot--just an unencumbered uterus for men's folly-- and found ways to survive. She is a remarkable woman, and the book is great. I admire her strength beyond all words.

After reading these accounts, I was aghast that this level of human slavery, pedophilia, and cruelty could exist in the U.S. in the year 2011. A great portion of the blame goes to the State of Utah which has consistently turned a blind eye to the excesses of the FLDS for fear of political blowback. No matter how much evidence they were given of serial child rape, underage marriage of girls, slavery, and financial scams, the State of Utah refused to act or to prosecute. Only when Warren Jeffs made the irreversibly smug decision to take his flock to the State of Texas did he finally stumble: Texas was only too happy to burn him and his "bishops" to the ground and put them all in prison--Jeffs for life plus 20 years. Texas may have some rough edges, but with the FLDS, it's a moral bullseye, and I applaud their courage. Amen.

Sorry for the length of this review, but these books are all connected and awesome in giving a total picture. They place before the public for the first time the full accounts of rampant evil and abuse tolerated under the sacred cloak of religion. I can only say that, after reading these, especially Debra Weyermann's compelling work, "Answer Them Nothing," I wanted Warren Jeffs and his evil clique of pedophiles to burn in a conflagration worse than hell itself. In fact, I only wish I could light the match.

I have purchased all these books through Amazon.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Read This Book! 21 Aug. 2011
By Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What most of us know about the despicable Warren Jeffs is really only the tip of the iceberg. With all the recent flash of cable coverage, blips in the blogosphere and passing media attention, there's an even more outrageous story overlooked about a system that allowed a "Warren Jeffs" to flourish and prosper. Ms. Weyermann's well-researched book tells that story in grand style, from the first Life Magazine media whitewash of the Short Creek raid in the early fifties up to the the Eldorado incident that led to the conviction of Mr. Jeffs in Texas, after similar charges were mysteriously dismissed in Utah. This gifted writer knows her subject, knows the players, some personally, and presents it all in a book that grabs you from the first page. You'll walk away amazed that the inhumanity of Jeffs and the FLDS has gone unchecked all these years, in many cases financed with our tax dollars. If you want to know the whole story of the FLDS, this is the one book to read.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Extremely well researched 30 Aug. 2011
By Kathleen Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
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I have not had a book in a long time that was so well researched. I had my yellow high lighter pen marking things on almost every page. There is a wealth of knowledge here about the history of the FLDS and the LDS Church. Almost every page has foot notes and the references are all in the back so one could research the information for themselves if they questioned anything. If you like well documented books that are also very easy to read I would recommend this book. I am sure I will read it at least twice and use it for reference. You follow the lives of some of the people who lived within the FLDS and were able to escape while at the same time getting a history lesson.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Answer Them Nothing 12 Aug. 2011
By BMcN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Weyermann writes with both punch and the solid documentation of a seasoned journalist. This riviting account is packed with jaw dropping scenes of Jeffs' monstrous predation and the wreckage done by his cult. It is hard at times to believe what Jeffs and those close to him were capable of - I kept reaching for examples from Nazi Germany for analogies - but it's all in this book that reads with the speed of a wildfire.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Amazing and Insightful! 24 Aug. 2011
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who can't quite wrap their minds around a) why these preposterous things are happening in
the FLDS and related "religious" sects around the country - and b)what motivates the women, children
and for that matter , the men - this is a truly well crafted and documented look into the unraveling
of a cult and the utterly horrid practices secretly taking place within. One of the major ongoing problems
in the attempts over the past 50+ years- just to give it a modern reference; actually this "religion"
has been debased and problematic from the get-go - to help and protect abused and defected members has
been the vast gap in social understanding from those on the outside. This book gives bones and flesh to
the insanity and desperation out of which LDS was born, starting with Joseph Smith, and marches on towards
their modern day fortification and, hopefully, increasing expose and well deserved demise.
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