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I am glad that this book has been preserved and now can be found so easily on the internet. It is a gem in that it reproduces the affidavits collected by Philastus Hurlburt of over one hundred of Joseph Smith's neighbors and cohorts during his money digging days. It also presents the idea that was first promulgated by Philastus Hurlburt that the Book of Mormon is a plagarism of a novel written by Solomon Spaulding, but this notion seems to have been important to the writer as a way of explaining how the work came into being since Joseph was known to be uneducated and not competent to author a book. From our perspective today we know that Joseph dictated the book and did not have to know how to write. Joseph Smith and his right hand man, Sidney Rigdon, both deny ever having heard of Solomon Spaulding before Hurlburt's affidavits were made public, and it is unlikely (as has been accused in this book) that Sidney Rigdon ever knew Joseph before his public conversion. Still, this book is a piece of history that should never be lost if we are to be able to look back to the birth of a religion and the characters who fought for and against its growth.
Review by: Just Judy.