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In the 1820s, a young man named Joseph Smith, Jr. lived in upstate New York, one of nine children in a poor family. Since he had little formal education and disliked physical labor, Smith scammed people by telling them that he could find buried treasure using a magical rock and his hat. His con repeatedly got him in trouble with the law.

By 1829, Smith had created a new “career” for himself as the founding “prophet” of an unorthodox religion that became known as Mormonism. Today, more than 15 million people worldwide are members of the Mormon Church (officially called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). They include Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and a former Massachusetts governor, and several members of the U.S. Congress. All of them have been duped.

In Latter-day Saint Swindle: The Mormon Church’s $200-Billion Scam, Blair Watson, a former member who works as a journalist and contributing editor for news providers and publishers on three continents, explains the genesis and evolution of the Latter-day Saint (LDS) fraud since the 1820s.

Watson also describes how Mormon indoctrination involving a lot of propaganda has been routinely used to mislead potential converts to the LDS religion and deceive members worldwide throughout their lives.

Latter-day Saint Swindle: The Mormon Church’s $200-Billion Scam pulls back the curtain – as much as it is possible, given the organization’s resistance to financial transparency – on the enormous wealth accumulated by the LDS corporate conglomerate.

Watson’s research since the 1990s and writing over two years have resulted in a unique and highly informative volume about Mormonism. The book includes 41 pages of notes and references.

Anyone with an interest in the LDS Church and religion will benefit from reading Latter-day Saint Swindle: The Mormon Church’s $200-Billion Scam.