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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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User Review  - markbstephenson - LibraryThing

A highly respected and respectable bio. My one query of Prof. Bushman's praiseworthy effort is this: Why ignore the Jan.4, 1833 letter which Joseph Smith sent to N. C. Saxton, the editor of the ... Read full review

Joseph Smith : Rough Stone Rolling

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In this erudite cultural biography of Mormonism's founder, Bushman (Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism ; Gouverner Morris Professor of history, emeritus, Columbia Univ.) establishes Smith's ... 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.
 

Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

User Review  - Gretchen - Goodreads

A group of friends and I decided to read this book and then get together periodically and discuss it. I'm grateful for that because I don't think I ever would have read this on my own. This is a ... Read full review

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Review: Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I decided in 2011 that I was going to start an experiment. Could I use the same formula I used to learn the about England's Tudor period to obtain a better historical understanding (and hopefully ... Read full review


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