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Hee hee hee : ) What a timely alignment of phrases in the mission statement!

Amazing that you've never subscribed before this.

Thanks for the "Bushman trumps Prince" link at T&S, Kaimi. I'll expand a bit: Bushman is a career historian while Prince is a career medical research scientist (i.e., an MD that went into research and development rather than practice). So I would expect Bushman to write a more historical biography, meaning one that brings in all the cultural and religious history stuff that Bushman used. The scope of Prince's book is thus understandably narrower, but it is an outstanding book for anyone interested in 20th-century LDS history.

Actually, Prince is a DDS/PhD. Especially with the forward in the book that describes how he put the book together, reading it is an organizational splendor. You can almost see him put it together. I agree that Bushman is a much better historian...not even a question. It is, however, quite refreshing to have a work that is more...shall we say, analytical.

J., I own both of his books and neither one gives his educational background in the dust jacket bio, but I'll defer to your confident assertion.

I don't know about analytical. I think the contribution of Prince and Wright's biography of McKay is that it presents a lot of material relative to President McKay and that whole period that had not been make available before, at least not as a coherent and published narrative.

Bushman's RSR, on the other hand, dosen't cover much new ground in terms of information but does provide a lot of ... context. And insight. Great footnotes. And a fine bibliography. If the text had been a hundred pages shorter and the notes a hundred pages longer, it would have been a better book.

Here is a brief write up on Prince.

As far as the nature of the work, I think it is analytical in the way it was structured. But, I very much agree that the new information is what is so valuable.

To me, the Prince and Wright book at times reads like a documentary history--lengthy presentation of primary sources with relatively little analysis. But the fact that the sources presented really do break important new ground in terms of 20th-century Mormon history makes the book exciting. I'm not sure that there's been another recent Mormon Studies book that did the raw job of adding information to the discussion more effectively.

While I appreciate the notice paid to such a significant channel of information, I think it would be quite interesting for you to further develop your thinking with regard to "correlation". It seemed to me that you use the term like it was synonymous with something for wrapping dead fish.

To me it seems a more honest approach for such a journal to recognize up-front that editorial content is strongly directed with a consistent objective in mind. To me that is what "correlation" is -- an effort to avoid serving cross-purposes.

Instead of providing such an honest statement of purpose, other journals and news sources tend to attempt to disguise their own editorial slant with some claim of neutrality or supposed objectivity. While this usually turns out to be wishful thinking, and few readers are really in the dark about the predisposition of such sources, it seems a rather dishonest game. But perhaps the authors are only fooling themselves.

"On other political issues, President McKay made every effort to demonstrate political neutrality, though he did not hesitate to take a stand if he thought moral issues were involved."

Like you say, every political issue has at least some moral component. I too wonder what the distinction is. Maybe it just that if God has given direction on a particular political issue, taking a stance on that issue is now a question of moral commitments in a way it wasn't before?

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