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No Ma'am, That's not History

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Response to the book "No Man Knows My History", Fawn Brodie's dubious biography of Joseph Smith, Jr., the Mormon Prophet ...more
Paperback, 15th Printing 1977, 62 pages
Published 1946 by Bookcraft
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Amber
Jun 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
I expected much more from this book.

Nibley spends most of his time using a sarcastic tone of voice while attacking the author on everything from her character to her gender. I was deeply disappointed with the comparison he makes between her use of "weak sources" to "young women [being] found making vivid, full, circumstantial and sincere accusations against attackers which are found upon investigation to be nothing more than the objects of their own over-wrought desires and imaginings." I imagi
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Eric
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mormonism
Hugh Nibley's famous (infamous?) takedown of Fawn Brodie's problematic biography of Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History. Nibley make some good points, but his misogynistic outrage that a woman would dare venture into the realm of writing history, as well as some strained exaggerations about Joesph Smith and Mormonism, undercut the effectiveness of his argument. Very dated now, it feels very much like the relic it is, from a time when religious polemic was a visceral, no-holds-barred, take-no-p ...more
Craig
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Hugh Nibley's capable response to Fawn Brodie's careless and unsubstantiated biography of Joseph Smith the prophet. Nibley unveils Brodie for what she was, a proud, unscrupulous charlatan, trying to exalt herself in the world of academia to the status of a rising and credible historian (which she was not). Her methods were shoddy, biased and libelous. Nibley exposed her for what she was: a fraud. A thorough reading of her book brought me to the conclusion that she lived, along with others of her ...more
Jeff
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although sarcastic at times, this is a capable critique of Fawn Brodie's work about Joseph Smith. Quoting what neighbors and enemies of Joseph Smith THOUGHT he was thinking is shoddy scholarship at its worst. This is just one example of the liberties Ms. Brodie takes with historical research in general & this subject in particular. Ms Brodie's summary that Joseph Smith was a well-meaning bumbler is not borne out by historical fact. He was either a prophet of God or an all- out charlatan. You dec ...more
Matthew Davis
Jan 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nibley was patently dishonest in his efforts as an apologist
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Hugh Winder Nibley was one of Mormonism's most celebrated scholars. Nibley is notable for his extensive research and publication on ancient languages and culture, his vigorous defense of doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for frankly discussing what he saw as the shortcomings of the LDS people and culture.

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