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This book could become the definative work on Joseph Smith. Its primary fault however is that it tries to straddle both sides of the "who is Joseph Smith question" Bushman does this by avoiding the question altogether. Making good use of contemporary sources, Bushman tries to show Joseph Smith from the view point of those who knew him, including his followers and his most ardent detractors. Bushman makes no effort to hide his belief in the divinity of Joseph Smith's calling. He does not, however, fall into the trap of avoiding events in Joseph Smith's life that do not contribute to that belief.
A little long for those with a casual interest in the Life of Joseph Smith.
 

Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

A must read for all LDS, IMO. It is a thorough detailed account of Josephs life, his religious innovations, his successes and his failures. It leaves room for faith but does not require it. I know Joseph much better than before and want to know many of the details of his life even more now. Read full review

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User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

Extremely interesting and thorough. Fairly well balanced (though I would argue the scales definitely tip toward a faithful perspective), does not shirk from the more sketchy parts of Joseph's history ... Read full review

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