Dallas at the newly upgraded TML has a short post on the new Teachings of Joseph Smith manual which will be used for instruction in LDS priesthood and Relief Society classes for the next two years, starting in January 2008. It is now on sale for $3 at LDS Distribution Centers. It features the newly upgraded portrait of Joseph Smith on the cover. If the Bushman biography was Rough Stone Rolling, the new manual might be called Buff Tones Beaming. An impressive sight.
Finally, the answer to our prayers: a manual that won't be boring. One that people might actually read. It was a smart decision to save the Joseph Smith manual for now, rather than starting out with it as the first manual in the series. [I wonder if they were waiting for the publication of RSR?] Dallas quotes the "polygamy and why we won't talk about it" paragraph from the introduction, showing they learned from the negative comments about the Brigham Young manual, which failed to mention that Brigham had several wives. I've read other comments indicating that those who compiled the JS manual have worked very hard to avoid missteps or misquotations. For example, they are giving unusually detailed and complete citations for the sources used. I haven't skimmed a copy yet, but it sounds promising.
Let's just hope the manual editors left some discourses complete rather than chopping every speech and letter into one-sentence morsels.