Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Front Cover
Vintage Books, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 740 pages
8 Reviews
Founder of the largest indigenous Christian church in American history, Joseph Smith published the 584-page Book of Mormon when he was twenty-three and went on to organize a church, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, moves beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud to explore his personality, his relationships with others, and how he received revelations . An arresting narrative of the birth of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling also brilliantly evaluates the prophet's bold contributions to Christian theology and his cultural place in the modern world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
3
4 stars
4
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

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

LibraryThing Review

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

Contents

Prologue
3
To I816
30
26
82
I 8 730
84
r830
109
1830
127
_anuaryune 1831
177
17
230
19
295
1843
482
Epilogue
551
8
564
144
587
177
598
29
610
4s
647

183133
231
28
247
Priesthood and Church Covcrnineiitz 183435
265
83 5
279
Notes
706
Illustration Credits
718
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Richard L. Bushman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1931. He took his B.A., M.A., and PhD. degrees at Harvard University. He has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, University of Delaware, and Columbia University, where he is currently Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus. His previous books are From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, and Cities (1992).

Bibliographic information