The author did extensive research for this book and at times it is hard to slog through the background information, however, without that background, there could not be a true and complete understanding of the FLDS. The leadership of the FLDS has isolated their followers since the early 1950's. Over the years the leaders, especially Warren Jeffs have become more and more paranoid and more demanding of complete obedience by his followers to rules that he did not abide by himself.
Several law suits have been files against the FLDS and Warren Jeffs in particular and it amazing to read about all the tricks and stalling tactics that they use.
This is a very in-depth book on the history and legal wrangling that has gone on over a very touchy subject in the states of Utah, Arizona and Texas. It is very informative of a closed, sick society. What this man has done to ruin the lives of so many is unbelievable. The book gets into all the legal motions and court hearings to prevent the states from moving forward and how devious the FLDS can be toward outsiders. This is a very educational book if you are interested in the subject.