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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  - Jen - Goodreads

I admit this took me forever to read. There was a lot of new (to me) information that I really wanted to think about and check out. The new church published essays helped with that. Extremely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

I feel that Bushman gives an honest biography of Joseph Smith. As he says, he included everything “warts and all”. Anyone interested in church history will appreciate this definitive work. Make sure that you are in the right frame of mind before you read this biography. Read full review

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