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The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice Kindle Edition
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Throughout the book, you see the control the men have over the lives of the women. The women have no control over who they marry, or over their bodies when they do marry, and their salvation is held above their head as the stick to force them to total obedience.
It's heart-breaking to read, and shocking that people can be so subjugated in a Western country such as the United States: young girls forced to marry men older than their fathers, even as they're sobbing, and having their spirit "bred" out of them (as the FLDS phrase goes). With her place at the top of the cult (apparently "privileged", but with no ability to travel freely, and constantly-monitored, I'd question the term), she was able to see the machinations of the cult up close, making her testimony incredibly valuable for anybody reading about the FLDS.
It's an absorbing but horrific read. It's very emotionally-difficult to read some of the details, especially regarding the abuses of notorious cult-leader Warren Jeffs, whose rise to power and manipulation is laid bare here.
Musser writes very well, and it's inspiring to see how she overcame a background of such abuse to speak against the leaders of the cult, and against oppression in general.
Recommended for scholars and people interested in the FLDS, but expect an emotional punch.
YES.. I enjoyed it but please, read the other 2 books as well before you believe everything you see!
This book makes me wish that I lived close to one of these FLDS communities (mostly Utah/Arizona area) and could do something active to help those poor people escape and help them recover and enjoy a life of freedom.
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