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The Hidden World Of Mormon Polygamy (Soft Skull Press)


When an English atheist sets out to explore the secretive underbelly of Mormon polygamy in America he discovers that it's a lot weirder and more disturbing than he'd imagined. But also, at times, more fun. A book about strangers, secrets, marriage, the apocalypse, prophets, wives and the outer extremes of faith.


"From his telling beginning, a quote from Bob Dylan, Bhattacharya is amusingly off and running, and readers will want to follow his punchy, magazine-trained voice wherever it may lead." - Publishers Weekly

"Bhattacharya gained impressive access inside the polygamist compounds, weaving a fascinating and entertaining tale..." - Huffington Post 

"Bhattacharya pushes past caricatures to show what Mormon polygamists are really like... A sensationalist smackdown this is not." - Slate 

"... a riveting read for both Bhattacharya's wry and heartfelt style and the nature of the material." - Library Journal 

"... Irreverent and whipsmart, journalist Bhattacharya gains unprecedented access to Mormon polygamists in this superlatively entertaining book... Grippingly personal, profound and impossible to put down." - Caroline Leavitt, NYT Bestselling Author (Pictures of You) 

"... very funny and surprisingly personal..." - Doug Fabrizio, Radio West KUER 


Radio: Doug Fabrizio on Radio West KUER, Aug 2011
Print/Web/Podcast: Salt Lake City Weekly, Aug 2011
Radio: Culture Shocks (Reverend Barry Lynn), Jul 2011
Web: Religion Dispatches, April 2011
TV: Thom Hartmann on the The Big Picture

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When One Is Not Enough, in The Brooklyn Rail, Oct 2011


For Merril, the end is so nigh, it's scarcely worth setting the video. (Ch. 10)

He presented her with a clear choice - either fall in line and be saved, or oppose him and be turned into a black woman. (Ch. 10)

It was the slippery slope argument all over again, a favorite of hysterical conservatives. Today it's sodomy, tomorrow polygamy, and by the weekend we'll all be rutting with geese and sock-puppets in the car park of Home Depot. (Ch. 8)


"I don't know who Angie is!" My branch is breaking, the rope's unraveling. Either Angie's lying, Jim Harmston's lying or I am. And by defending myself, I'm attacking one of them. I'm screwed.

"You need to leave. I've already said too much. You just need to leave."