- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Subsequent edition (June 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252062914
- ISBN-13: 978-0252062919
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 56 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith Subsequent Edition
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My only criticism of the book is that is that in the first third, which covers the origins of Mormonism, it seems to suspend any critical thinking and to simply accept Joseph Smith's version of events. This is rectified during the rest of the book which does not defer to Smith or Brigham Young, but treats them with the scrutiny that should be afforded historical figures. I also wished that the rise of Mormonism had been put in context, rather than simply seen as inevitable. But these are small quibbles with a very compelling book. Emma was an intelligent, kind and courageous woman caught up in an extraordinary moment in history. I loved getting to know her and was sad to close the covers when her life, and the book, ended.