No Man Knows My History

No Man Knows My History

The Life of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet

Book - 1971
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The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of photos. Map. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1971
Edition: 2d ed., rev. and enl
ISBN: 9780394469676
0394469674
Branch Call Number: 289.3/SMIB

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LPL_IanS Jun 17, 2019

Brodie synthesized countless first hand sources to create a compelling and nuanced view of America’s most (in)famous homegrown prophet, Joseph Smith. She pulls no punches; this isn’t the history I grew up hearing, but it is a fascinating story of Mormonism’s founding and its deeply 19th century American roots.

Read if you like: One of a kind characters, seeing how the sausage get made, biographies, American history

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May 15, 2018

A very well written and researched biography of a puzzling figure by a woman who had been raised Mormon in Utah. (The author was a professor at UCLA). This book is also excellent history of rural America in the early 1800's, showing how a character such as Jos Smith, came to be. He was definitely a product of his environment! Throw in his impressive ability to create and tell good stories along with his aversion to farm work and voila!

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