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Excellent history of Mormonism
on August 24, 2004
This is probably the best resource for the historical case against Mormonism. The Tanners have spent their lives exposing the frauds and problems within Mormon history. The wealth of documentation from this book is astounding. One of the things that I like the most about it is in its use of sources. Generally, they tend to use sources from within the Mormon church itself. The records that they use are Mormon records and there is a wealth of primary sources, from the Journal of Discourses to the highly embarassing and racist talks given by some of the Mormon leaders. It is a very critical look at Mormonism, and to those who wish to remain in the LDS church, I would advise that you really should not read it. However, if you are having questions about Mormonism and its history, this is the place to go.
There are many excellent books on Mormonism, but for the sheer amount of information, this or their excellent work The Changing World of Mormonism (a condensed version of this book) should be a standard resource.
While praising this book for its content, readers should be aware that the Tanner's writing style can be less than scintillating and occasionally very annoying, what with all the capitalisations, putting text in bold, and copious underlining. However, their research doesn't lie. After the Mark Hoffman forgeries, their credibility has been strengthened. While Mormon historians were defending the notorious Salamander Letter, the Tanners were alone in their skepticism of the letter's authenticity.