So says the review on the blog, By Common Consent, of MSH member Samuel Brown’s new book, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (Oxford University Press, 2011). Those who care about Mormonism cannot pass up something that “fills a lacuna in Mormon historiography that utterly shifts the ground, presenting in the process something very close to a Grand Unified Theory of Smithian Mormonism.” Sam, we already knew you were amazing. The secret’s out. Love your site, too.
MSH member Matthew Bowman recently published The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith with Random House. The New York Times review calls it “timely” and says — all too glibly —that it is “sober history, so sober it misses opportunities to be playful and pointed at once.” The reviewer wanted discussion of the Osmonds, “Big Love,” and John Krakauer. Thank you, Matt, for not pandering to the tastes of dilettantes.