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A great overview,
This review is from: The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith (Hardcover)
This book is a great overview of the history of the LDS church in America. Particularly his chapter on Mormonism during the progressive era is wonderfully insightful. It is easy to read, and provides fascinating context to the development of how Mormons view themselves and others. The New York Times criticized how middle of the road it is, but that is the beauty of the book, in my opinion. As a Mormon I wasn't particularly interested in reading from the point of view of someone who despises my faith, but I also had no interest in reading something that wasn't historically honest. This book is both respectful and frank in how it deals with it's history. He does a beautiful job of cramming a lot of history into under 300 pages without overwhelming the reader. For those who are interested in going even deeper into Mormon Studies, the book also has a fantastic bibliography. If you want a great introduction to the history of Mormonism, this is a great place to start.