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User Review  - carl.rollyson - LibraryThing

Can a biographer - Mormon or not - use words like "revelation" without quotation marks? As a "believing historian," what other choice can Richard Lyman Bushman make? Unlike Robert Remini, a non-Mormon ... Read full review

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User Review  - vrchristensen - LibraryThing

While this is a book with a bias (there's no such thing as unbiased opinions when it comes to religion or politics) and while Mr. Bushman, dubbed 'the Mormon explainer' is a believer, he examines the ... Read full review

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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.

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