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"Readers who prefer the faithful approach to LDS history should consider Allen and Leonard's The Story of the Latter-day Saints."

I find this a strange statement considering the major criticism at its publication was that it was not faith-promoting. Concerns about this book apparently killed the planned multi-volume history that "Joseph Smith and the Beginning of Mormonism" and "The Angel and the Beehive" were supposed to be a part.

see for example:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Latter-day_Saints#Controversy

Jettboy, both Allen and Leonard are LDS historians who, at various times, worked for the Church History Department. The book was published by Deseret Book (in 1979) and sold in its stores; the latest 2010 ebook edition is likewise available through Deseret Book. Obviously, the book takes a "faithful approach" to LDS history while, at the same time, being a work of fine scholarship.

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