Perhaps the best way to introduce this book is to relate the circumstances under which it came to be written. When military duty took me into the Intermountain West in 1940, I came into direct contact with the Mormons for my first time. Here was a complete culture as different from the main trend of civilization in America as the history of England is different from that of China. My usual insatiable curiosity impelled me to seek accurate information about these people. This was difficult to get. The existing publications were either an enthusiastic promotion of the Mormon way of life, or a diatribe of biased statements against the church and its leaders by those who had never met a Mormon. Out of this wish to obtain to obtain a professional journalist's full observation grew the idea of recording my findings for the benefit of others who might share my thirst for facts and my distaste for polemic distortions. These are my findings.