No Man Knows My History

No Man Knows My History

The Life of Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet

Book - 1995 | Second edition, revised and enlarged, first Vintage Books edition.
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In 1823 a young man named Joseph Smith had an encounter with an angel who led him to a cache of golden plates purporting to be the history of the lost tribes of Israel. Out of these new gospels and out of Smith's own charismatic personality and sense of mission- arose an authentically American religion, the Mormon faith.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1995.
Edition: Second edition, revised and enlarged, first Vintage Books edition.
ISBN: 9780679730545
Branch Call Number: BIO SMITH BRODIE
Characteristics: xiii, 499, xx pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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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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