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One Nation Under Gods by Richard Abanes
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Jan 19, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction

The book looks a bit overwelming at first site, being a very large book, but is a very easy read. This is a history of the Mormon religion from an outsider's point of view, starting with history of Joseph Smith himself to the many towns they were chased out of to their final settlement in Utah and up to the present day. Some of the information towards the end may be viewed more as editorial than factual, but if the book were viewed as a thesis, the ending arguement is very convincing.

I found it to be very enlightening. Living just 10 or so miles away from Nauvoo, Illinois (their last settlement before going to Utah), most of the history that the Mormon's present to the general public is biased in their favor and you never really understand the anger of the non-Mormon neighbors. This history explains more about what happened in better detail.

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