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Publisher Description

Go behind the beards in this daring insider’s look at the curious Amish subculture of Pennsylvania Dutch Country!

Is the “plain and simple” life really so plain and simple? How do the Amish live without cars? Electricity? NFL football? The truth is, they don’t. More than fifty million people have watched “Lebanon” Levi Stoltzfus in Discovery Channel’s hit show Amish Mafia, where he dispenses justice and keeps the peace among the seemingly quiet, insular Amish people of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now, he reveals what it’s really like to be Amish. Not the buggies, bonnets, and beards image the tight-knit community has portrayed for hundreds of years to the relentless curiosity of outsiders. The real-deal, day-to-day life—the good and the bad—all the dirty little secrets you’re not supposed to know. From Wi-Fi “pleasure huts,” to prostitutes, to marijuana and cocaine, you’ll never look at the Amish the same.

It isn’t easy keeping your feet planted firmly in the 1800s when the rest of the world is centuries ahead. Not even for the most God-fearing among us. The Amish have their own unique way of doing everything, and the lengths they will go to indulge in modern conveniences—and hide their indiscretions—will shock you. What have you been dying to know? How about what really happens when someone is shunned? Or whether the Amish pay taxes? Do they ever try to “pass” as English (in other words, non-Amish)? How rampant is illicit sex in such a repressed society? Can individuals make themselves stand out despite the strict rules? Why would the Amish take such risks when the punishment is eternal damnation?

“Lebanon” Levi blows the top off the buggy with this scandalous insider’s exposé, proving that even the Amish don’t always practice what they preach.

Biographies & Memoirs
March 31
Gallery Books

Customer Reviews

Ventrie ,

Not worth reading

What a waste of $12.99 to read old history that everyone already knows.

Cmarie5577 ,

Amish Confidential

Everything I expected and more! Awesome read!!

Powerfencejoey ,

Excellent read

I grew up in upstate New York where the two girls were abducted. I have lived around the Amish for most of my life and this book helped me to understand much more about the Amish community than I understood growing up.
This book helped me realize what a strong people the Amish are.
I haven't read a complete book in 30 yrs. I couldn't put this one down. Great job for telling your story Levi. It shows courage to go against an establishment the way you did and tell the truth. I think you helped many Amish with this book more than you know