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Based on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of documents, and thousands of miles of travel over several years, The Mormon Corporate Empire is the most comprehensive, detailed look at the Mormon Church ever published. Presenting reliable andMoreBased on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of documents, and thousands of miles of travel over several years, The Mormon Corporate Empire is the most comprehensive, detailed look at the Mormon Church ever published. Presenting reliable and exhaustive estimates of the Churchs financial holdings, this landmark work shows how powerful and influential the Mormon corporate conglomerate has become. Authors John Heinerman and Anson Shupe examine the financial and political clout of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints and demonstrate that the ideology behind the Saints quest for temporal power derives from theological dogma. Mormons belief in a near-future Millennium, after which all temporal and spiritual authority will devolve on them, is the motivating force behind the Churchs acquisition of wealth and power and its conservative political agenda. The Mormon Corporate Empire documents the Churchs widespread holdings in agribusiness, public utilities, government stocks, and mass communications. It examines the Mormon presence in the military and the CIA, and the Churchs behind-the-scenes efforts to affect the outcome of various domestic and foreign policy issues.This thorough and balanced study of one of North Americas fastest growing denominations is neither an apology for the LDS Church nor an anti-Mormon tract. Heinerman and Shupe analyze the Mormon church as a rapidly expanding social movement and suggest that Americans -- as members of a pluralistic society -- need to understand the very real influence this movement has come to hold in the United States today.John Heinerman, a Mormon himself, is director of the Anthropological Research Center in Salt Lake City. Anson Shupe is professor of sociology and associate director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is co-author of Strange Gods: The Great American Cult Scare and The Family Secret: Domestic Violence in America, both published by Beacon Press.