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Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries
Mormon founder Joseph Smith is one of the most controversial figures of nineteenth-century American history, and a virtually inexhaustible subject for analysis. In this volume, fifteen scholars offer essays on how to interpret and understand Smith and his legacy. Including essays by both Mormons and non-Mormons, this wide-ranging collection is the only available survey of ...more
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I was pleasantly surprised by the intellectual stimulation this book of essays afforded me. Many new ideas and perspectives were presented in a spirit of "questing". The only reason that I didn't give a "five star" rating was probably because of a natural tendency of one or two of the writers to amaze us with fancy footwork and esoteric vocabulary . . . something that happens within the halls of academia to impress without giving practical or understandable information to the layman. My poor lit ...more