An interesting interpretative biography of the man who was King of the Mormons on Beaver Island, prophet for the church, member of the legislature, writer of books on the fauna of Michigan and Wisconsin, and the ""inventor"" of polygamy, as an aspect of Mormonism. Convenient, to be able to announce a decree from the Lord, along lines of one's own desires. An embarrassing episode in an embarrassing slice out of America's history. Strang had faith in his invulnerability, dreamed of himself as head of an empire, and was a force the officials in Washington did not know how to combat. In parts his career reads like farce. Actually, should be looked upon as Americana. Appeal -- to men and women -- to readers of fictionized biography.