No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith

No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith

The first paperback edition of the classic biography of the founder of the Mormon church, this book attempts to answer the questions that continue to surround Joseph Smith. Was he a genuine prophet, or a gifted fabulist who became enthralled by the products of his imagination and ended up being martyred for them? 24 pages of photos. Map....

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Title:No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
Author:Fawn M. Brodie
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Edition Language:English

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  • Danna
    You want the real skinny? Faun Brodie dishes it out in engaging and painstakingly documented research (if you don't know who she is, she's the historian who at one time was dismissed as a pop historian, that is until DNA proved the gal knew exactly what she was talking about: she declared Jefferson ...
  • Cat
    Well, I'm not a scholar on Mormonism, nor a Mormon, so I think my perspective is a little different then the detailed reviews below. I read this book because after I read "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Krakauer, I was like, yeah, Mormonism is interesting. This book is THE book to read if you want a...
  • Heather
    This book was not the anti-Mormon expose I thought it might be. In fact, I was surprised by how generous Fawn Brodie was with Joseph Smith. Despite her own religious skepticism, she seemed to have a real affection for Joseph Smith and his people. Where many writings about him are propaganda intended...
  • John
    This is really all you could ask for in a biography, and it is really deserving of the five stars. Incredibly well researched, great mix of general sweep and specific detail and anecdote, very readable. I would love to read her other books as well. A practicing Mormon would probably not enjoy this b...
  • Michael Andersen-Andrade
    This book helped answer my question: Why did my paternal ancestors join the Mormon Church in the 1830's and 40's. The answer? They fell for the charms of a charismatic, narcissistic and sociopathic "prophet". One of my ggg grandfathers signed the deed of the family farm over to him, and one of my gg...
  • Macy_Novels at Night
    This is an older book, and still very relevant! Being born and raised a Mormon, these are some things that have been hidden and purposely not mentioned to anyone following this religion. We are now in an age of free thinkers, and this is all coming to light, and it is so needed for so many people. T...
  • Wells T.
    As a starting point I confess I am somewhere on the order of a seventh generation member of the Church Joseph Smith founded. I am, I would like to think, genetically a “Mormon.” And yes, it is not without irony that I admit my predicament.In understanding my approach to “No Man”,...
  • Garry Wilmore
    I am more than a little reluctant to confess to having read this book, since I am a practicing Mormon, and in the culture of my church, No Man Knows My History is regarded as an abomination and a work of the rankest sort of heresy. But I decided to read it anyway, partly because I knew it is highly ...

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