The Saintly Scoundrel: The Life and Times of Dr. John Cook Bennett
This is the first biography of one of this nation's most outrageous individuals, a man who was president of the medical departments of two universities and chancellor of two others, a member and officer of at least twenty different agricultural, medical, or social organizations, an itinerant minister in three different denominations, and a lobbyist who successfully ushered...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by University of Illinois Press
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John C. Bennett is a fascinating character, but this was just bad history. The author is indecisive about how to portray his subject, and this biography comes off as a disorganized, poorly researched, muddled mess. Smith has a weak grasp of both Campbellite and Mormon history and theology, and Bennett played an important role in the early histories of both of these movements. All in all, a stinker.
Andrew Francis Smith teaches food studies at the New School University in Manhattan. He has written more than three hundred articles in academic journals and popular magazines and has authored or edited seventeen books, including The Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America, a James Beard finalist in 2005. He has been frequently appeared on several television series, including the History...moreMore about Andrew F. Smith...