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
Branch Call Number: 289.3/SMIB


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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!

Jul 14, 2015

There has never been a more definitive, honest, and thorough telling of the founder of the Latter Day Saints church than this. From his roots as a convicted criminal to his run for president of the United States, this is a tale worth reading. Mormon or not, people should know about this guy. I couldn't ever buy into the cult, but the man behind the legend makes for a page-turner!

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