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An American Fraud: One Lawyer's Case Against Mormonism

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AN AMERICAN FRAUD: One Lawyer's Case against Mormonism "Each of us has to face the matter-either the Church is true, or it is a fraud. There is no middle ground. It is the Church and kingdom of God or it is nothing."-LDS President Gordon B. Hinckley, April Conference, 2003. Many Mormons assume that this and other similar proclamations by Mormon Leaders are rhetorical state ...more
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Published July 27th 2011 by Amicaveritatis (first published March 11th 2011)
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Kay Burningham History of the Church (cited as HC) (originally entitled History of Joseph Smith; first published under the title History of the Church of Jesus…moreHistory of the Church (cited as HC) (originally entitled History of Joseph Smith; first published under the title History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; nicknamed Documentary History of the Church or DHC) is a semi-official history of the early Latter Day Saint movement during the lifetime of founder Joseph Smith. It is largely composed of Smith's writings and interpolations and editorial comments by Smith's secretaries, scribes, and after Smith's death, historians of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). The history was written between 1839 and 1856 (Jessee 1976). Part of it was published in Times and Seasons and other church periodicals. It was later published in its entirety with extensive annotations and edits by B. H. Roberts as part of a seven-volume series beginning in 1902 as History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.(less)
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Jim Whitefield
Feb 26, 2014 Jim Whitefield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kay Burningham's book is in two parts. The first few chapters are semi-autobiographical, giving a view of her life and times within the Mormon cult, partly spent in the Salt Lake valley. There are snippets of information regarding the truth behind the hoax of Mormonism included along the way. They are integrated well and you quickly get to know Kay and her experiences in a well written, enthralling (and informative) way. It gets more intense in the rest of the book where Kay describes many more ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two for one.The first half of the book is memoir outlining her personal struggle with Mormonism, Patriarchy, and individual freedom. The second half is a lawyer's definitive, critical, and authoritative case against the church. This is the book you do not want to read if you are not willing to be set free. She nails your eyelids open. Should be on every bookshelf in Utah for starters and on every desk in the United States Congress.
Sep 24, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Lots of interesting things revealed regarding the history and creation of a uniquely American religion. Of special interest is the less-than-wholesome character of the religion's founders, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Apr 02, 2014 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently only 39% of the way through, but two important things:

The first section, while only earning about 3/5 stars in my mind, is an important window into what it is like growing up Mormon. Some of it is more the authors personal experience and only reflect how badly the culture treats women, but it is well worth reading.

The second half is more damning. Historical records, documents, court cases, testimony.... All well documented. The fact that this religion is allowed to exist given their h
Aug 04, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Formatting errors, but you come to expect that with a kindle. I've read my fair share of books about the Mormon faith, and this one is yet another account of the bitter taste Mormonism leaves in it's disenchanted apostates. Told from the perspective of a trial lawyer, Ms. Burningham presents us with a look at her life growing up in the Mormon church at the beginning of the book. She then shifts gears and presents empirical evidence that suggests the Mormon religion is anything but what the Mormo ...more
Kay Burningham was born into Mormonism,steeped in its culture and shaped by it. When she was old enough she went to college (Mormon) and studied law. And this is why she is the ideal person to write this book.

The book is comprised of two sections. The first is really a memoir outlining the author's life from her seemingly idyllic child hood through a difficult early adulthood to difficult relationships and marriages. The second part in a look at the history of Mormonism, highlighting the inconsi
Sep 22, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Burningham opens with a touching account of her early years within the LDS faith. She follows with an extensively researched look at the history behind the churches early years. Her detailed outline debunks many of the myths perpetuated by the LDS church. This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in the history of religions or the LDS faith. Well written, clear, and concise.
Mar 17, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long but interesting read. In the first half of the book Burnigham relates personal narratives of growing up as a Mormon in Utah, attending BYU, and the apparent emotional difficulty it caused her. I can definitely understand her challenges, but it does seem like she assumes the victim all too readily in accounting for some of her personal problems. The road she has taken in her departure from Mormonism has been rough, and I was glad to learn she was finally able to escape what can only be exp ...more
Jul 09, 2012 Rebyj rated it really liked it
I enjoyed An American Fraud very much. The first part of the book is the author's own story and experience as a Mormon and the rest of the book is a well presented history of the religion. I'm not a Mormon and found it entertaining and informative.
Chuck Springer
Generally I like to read books that take an objective view and at least attempt to provide a balanced approach. I knew from the title that the book would be biased, but dove in anyway. I found her personal story fascinating and tragic at times. I empathized with the author's struggle of faith, as she came across uncorrelated LDS history.

Additionally, the information quality and supporting documentation are generally high, comprising of about 15% of the book, almost 700 citations. Yet the depth
As I progress in this well documented book, I find that there have been so many who have totally investigated the validity of the Book of Mormon, it was somewhat surprising to me. I always like to investigate issues when there is lots of documentation. I try to imagine myself in that time with the issues at hand. I am totally enjoying this book and would recommend it to all. I do not think this would change anyone's firm testimony of the Book Of Mormon if they have had witness of its authenticit ...more
Jacob Sandoval
Aug 21, 2014 Jacob Sandoval rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rigorously and Wonderfully Candid

It's about time the truth be learned concerning the Mormon Church.
I'm sure God has a special place in he'll for Joe Smith and his henchmen!
Marcia Bailey
Oct 15, 2014 Marcia Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that is extremely well researched and documented.
Jan 01, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An American Fraud

I am so thankful to see and read about people discovering the real truth about the deception of the Mormon Church. Thank you Kay for sharing this story with us.
May 04, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, biography
Long, but worth the read. Part biography and part treatise on the problems in Mormonism, I found this book well-written and well-researched. Her crotiques of Mormonism are well-founded and cover a wide range of historic and current damaging ideas and practices. So much of it felt familiar; I've thought many of the things she wtote as I grew up in and then left the Mormon church. A solid description of nearly every issue that causes people to leave the church.
The first part of the book was biography, but it jumped all around in time so that it was somewhat confusing. There was a little too much information when it came to her sex life.

The history of Mormonism in the second part of the book is interesting. I had known about some of it, but I learned a lot from this book.
David Katherman
Sep 29, 2013 David Katherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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fascinating read. I learned a ton about the church reading this. I'll freely admit she has some hefty bias, but a lot of the documents and primary sources stand alone and this book is extensively researched and documented. Reccomend it.
Michael Goldman
Interesting insight into the history and workings of the LDS.
The kindle version I read had many formatting and editorial errors.
Kathy Orr
Mostof the factual parts of the book I was already aware of, but I enjoyed her personal story.
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