Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 784 pages
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Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations. An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophetís bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world.


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Thorough and well researched. - Goodreads
This book was hard to read, but worth the effort. - Goodreads
Bushman is a good writer. - Goodreads
A thoroughly well researched biography. - Goodreads
His insights and perspective were incredible. - Goodreads
Amazingly well-researched book. - Goodreads

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5 stars for the amount of research and work that went into this book! It was long and sometimes put me to sleep in one page so 3 stars for that. But overall a really interesting and eye opening book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Misty - Goodreads

Very comprehensive. Despite the fact that as a member of the church Joseph Smith founded he is surely slightly biased, Bushman does a great job of reviewing and critiquing competing sources. I felt like I was able to understand Joseph Smith as a person and not an idealized martyr. Read full review

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Epilogue
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About the author (2007)

Richard L. Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1931. He took his B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees at Harvard University. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, University of Delaware, and Columbia University, where he is currently Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus. His previous books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, and Cities (1992).


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