No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet

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Knopf, 1971 - Mormon Church - 499 pages
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This highly praised biography, revised and enlarged with new material, takes its title from a half-defiant, half-wistful pronouncement Joseph Smith himself made toward the close of the short, tragic melodrama that was his life. But the reader is made to know him fully--the man, the world from which he came, his extraordinary impact. His biographer, herself steeped in Mormon lore since her Utah childhood, performed feats of painstaking research--through the files of country newspapers, obscure court records, countless thickets of local documents and memories. The result is a concrete narrative of Smith's life from his boyhood and young manhood to his violent end. Mrs. Brodie throws light also on the literary influences that inspired and colored the Book of Mormon and the theological structure of the religion founded on it. Beyond its vivid portrayal of the Mormon Prophet, this is a history of the early days of the Mormon Church.--From publisher description.

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Brodie is an excellent writer and thorough historian. - Goodreads
Flawed research is evident, but I enjoyed the read. - Goodreads
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This is the first book I have read in regards to Mormonism. The more I read, the more intrigued I became. It was written in a way that was easy and engaging to read. I did not feel like I was reading ... Read full review

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Ever since the now classic South Park episode I've nurtured a continuing interest in Mormonism. Beyond the audacity of the whole thing I suppose the blending of American frontier history, and the ... Read full review


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The late Brodie was professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles

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