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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Utah State University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874212146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874212143
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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Newell Bringhurst is an instructor in history and political science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California.

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104 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Crack Reviewer on July 21, 2000
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It is nice now that more than fifty years has transpired since "No Man Knows My History" was first published to take a look backwards. I was struck by the fact that most of the essays that Mr. Bringhurst published in this book were generally supportive of Fawn Brodie's scholarship. Some questioned certain sections of her book.
One particularly insightful essay challenged much of what she wrote on the matter of polygamy as it was being practiced by the Mormons in Nauvoo just prior to Joseph Smith's murder and subsequent Martyrdom. The essayist pointed out that while some of the specific information that Fawn Brodie may have gathered on this question may have been incorrect, her general conclusions about the practices going on in Nauvoo, were almost certainly correct. This is a particularly difficult issue to investigate. A secret practice occurring within a religious organization some 100 years prior to the time a book is written. It hardly seems surprising that even the best author might get some of the facts wrong. Its too Fawn Brodie's credit, that she got the general picture correct.
One essay that I found disappointing was much ado over nothing. The writer dealt with certain literary methods she felt Fawn Brodie used in writing her book. She suggested these were the methods of a fiction or literature writer, and not a historian. Actually, while Fawn Brodie was a history professor at UCLA, she got initial college degrees in English and in Literature. Fawn clearly had a talent many historians don't.....the ability to write a well-researched book in a manner that is interesting and readable by people outside academia. Something that that particular author that essay probably lacks herself.
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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Proxlie on September 8, 2000
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One Hundred (and one) years after the Mormon prophet's demise in Nauvoo, Fawn Mckay Brodie had completed a biography of him. This work on Joseph Smith's life has within certain communities has been received both with high priase and acclaim as well as severe condemnation. This controversy alone has raised the status of the book amongst historical, socialogical and literary reviewers. Newell G. Bringhurst brings this dynamic alive with a selection of essays about Brodie's offering from a variety of critical and careful perspectives.
The focus of this collection is not to examine the actual biography of Smith and its validity, rather it is about Brodie's work. Many of the relevant issues discussed about a task as she achieved are brought to light by the various essays: how meticulous was her research, the literary style are prose of the work, the reliability of her sources, the consistency of the work, the conclusions her work leads to, etc. All these were carefully examined by a number of the essayists. Furthermore, the character of Brodie was considered, i.e. her sense of purpose and accomplishment, perhaps her sense of duty. There are amongst each of the essays remarkable insights into both the work on a scholarly level and into the woman who created it all.
The synopsis of the collection as a whole is widespread praise for Brodie's ground-breaking effort. She has treaded into a life with such incredible care and insight which few have since unsuccessfully attempted to match. The biographer is given the credit she desrved with "No Man Knows My History" and later solidly earned with her other works.
I recommend this strongly for those who have an interest in examining historical research and particularly those interested in Brodie's research. For those interested in Mormon research, I suggest both this "Reconsidering..." and Brodie's biography be read concurrently or at least in succession.
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71 of 87 people found the following review helpful By James Field on April 17, 2000
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One must keep in mind, that Fawn Brodie wrote her biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, in 1945. This book is a classic. She deserves praise for her work, even if Mormons don't like hearing about it. Mormon apologists like arguing about minor points about her book, trying to "explain it away, under the carpet." But the vast majority and the most important points of her groundbreaking work have never been seriously refuted. Newell Bringhurst's book is a masterpiece. He has compiled this impressive volume, Brodie's biography of Joseph Smith. It qualifies as essential for the serious reader wanting to know all facts and then making a qualified judgement. Bringhurst has brought together a collection of essays by various writers, Mormons and Non-Mormons, weighing both sides of the evidence.
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87 of 108 people found the following review helpful By M.E.Anderson on August 16, 2000
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Newell Bringhurst, a highly-qualified Mormon historian who is not active in the church, has assembled an interesting and balanced set of essays about Fawn Brodie's extremely important book on Joseph Smith. Devout Mormons reject her work out-of-hand (much of the time, I fear, without reading it--the Church has told them not to). But real historians are not fearful of research and of facts. This is the basis for this collection. The best essay is Bringhurst's own, which gives a clear picture of the difficulties Fawn B. encountered when researching the book, as well as an analysis of the validity of her methods. In spite of heavy indoctrination by family and community, Fawn B. managed to develop a clarity of sight and and desire to penetrate myths and propaganda that made all of her works important and unignorable by future writers on their subjects. The "pro-Mormon" essays in this collection, interestingly, tend to be the most bombastic and evasive--much like the master of apologist irrelevance, Hugh Nibley. Like a good historian, Bringhurst provides the evidence and leaves it to the reader's intelligence to evaluate it for himself--the exact opposite of what Mormon authorities do.
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