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The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith Paperback – August 28, 2012
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Advance praise for The Mormon People
“The Mormon church has never been more important in American politics. In this smart, lucid history of the faith, Matthew Bowman explains a religion that many Americans don’t understand but should. With Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman in the race, this is essential reading for anyone interested in 2012 and beyond.”—Tom Brokaw, author of The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America
“Matthew Bowman has brought us a cogent, judicious, and important account of a faith that has been an important element in American history but remained surprisingly misunderstood.”—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789–1989
“What do Mormons stand for? Are they quintessential good citizens or troubling religious deviants? Why are Mormons running for president? Matthew Bowman offers a quick, lively, and informative trip into the heart of Mormonism. All who are concerned or just curious will learn a lot about the making of modern Mormons from this book.”—Richard Lyman Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
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Mr. Bowman begins the story with Joseph Smith in the first part of the 19th century. He is particularly good in describing the religious milieu that inspired Joseph Smith and many of his followers. He outlines the development of the early church and how the Mormons were constantly being driven from place to place until the "exodus" to Utah, led by Brigham Young. He follows the Mormon state through its admittance as a state in the United States and is once again very strong in showing the transition from an inward looking group through correlation and growth into a powerful, missionary, active people.
Some will likely complain that Mr. Bowman doesn't spend enough time with the controversies surrounding the church. He does devote a chapter to a discussion of polygamy; however, like most of the book, it is quite bloodless. It is descriptive of the theology and the political impact of polygamy but there is very little about how it affected people's lives. The multiple wives of Joseph Smith, himself, for example, get almost no mention. And yet, it seems part and parcel to what Mr.Read more ›
I purchased the audio version of The Mormon People, and I must say that it was narrated very well. I recommend the audio version if you are considering it.
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This book is so good. If you are looking for a book that explains the history of LDS in America from a non-biased perspective, than this is the book. I highly recommend it.Published 6 days ago by Mac
Very interesting book--incorporates the story of the Mormon experience into the context of American history. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by a frequent amazon customer
I've enjoyed this history on Mormonism and find it neither anti mormon or biased to appeasing the Mormon hierarchy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Utah Ute
i think this book was objective, and also I learned a few things I did not know about Mormons, and it made mnore clear to me the difference between some myths and realities about... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shirley A. Merkert
An important book that does an excellent job of highlighting the history of the Mormon Church and its people for the past two hundred years. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David L. Laughlin
There is much to be learned from this book and there is much hypocrisy, also to be observed. It is intended "as an introduction to the faith of presidential contender Mitt... Read morePublished 18 months ago by craig brammer
A great book and highly recommended if you are interested in the learning about the LDS church. As noted by another, the index alone is worth the cost of this book.Published 19 months ago by Steve Albert