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I read the book. I generally enjoy Krakauer's books, and I read this one quickly - although it is not the best book for someone unfamiliar with Mormonism to read. It focuses not on the mainstream but on one small fundamentalist sect, and should not speak for the majority. Certain things I learned in the book shocked me a great deal, and i went with it to one of my Mormon friends, who was kind enough to answer my questions about what is still believed in their faith and what is antiquated and no longer accepted. At any rate, this book made a big impression on all my friends who read it and sparked lively discussion for months - I grew up in an area of Nevada with a high Mormon population.