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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  - Krista - Goodreads

I liked it okay. Interesting to get a peek into the prophets personality a little bit more. I was bored at times and did some skimming. I didn't find it offensive at all or that it made my testimony waver like some have claimed it did for them. Read full review

Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

User Review  - Tiffany - Goodreads

This book was equally fascinating because of the fantastic events and brutally long as it read like a textbook. Even though I struggled to get through it in time to return to the library, I found ... Read full review

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