"This excellent collection of essays by Mormon and non-Mormon historians meticulously examines the Brodie Question: was her book merely an angry polemic by an apostate searching for self-fulfillment, or did it present a painfully true portrait of an all-too-human prophet?" -- Rocky Mountain News
In 1945, Fawn M. Brodie wrote the first definitive biography of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. For doing so she received both praise and condemnation -- and eventual excommunication. No other book on the Mormon prophet has entirely supplanted it to this very day. In Reconsidering "No Man Knows My History" Newell Bringhurst has compiled an impressive volume of original scholarship on Brodie and her biography of Joseph Smith. Reconsidering "No Man Knows My History" is essential reading for any student or scholar with an interest in Mormon history, western Americana, and literary biographical scholarship. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Newell Bringhurst is an instructor in history and political science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.