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Wow, Justin. I'm jealous that you had the time and wherewithal to read all this in 2004. I really liked Kathleen Flake's book (she'll be appearing on T&S soon!). The only other listed works I read were the Dialogue and Sunstone pieces. I did just order Bushman's collection (40 bucks!) from Amazon and am looking forward to revisiting -- or reading for the first time -- his great essays. Too bad the elusive "Colonization" essay is not included.

Justin, have you actually read Vogel's book and how does it compare with Donna Hill's biography?

The only item off this list I've actually read is Duffy's excellent essay on apologetics, which managed to make FARMS look like a progressive as opposed to a reactionary or conservative body. The essay deserves good marks for that clever move alone (and I am neither agreeing nor disagreeing with Duffy's take on FARMS).

I've read Prince's book Power From On High (Signature Books, 1995) but haven't seen any other works by him until this citation of the Dialogue article.

Dave, I've read Vogel's book, and I have several thoughts. First, it's quite different from Hill's book in that it only covers Joseph's life to 1831, it advances much sharper interpretive readings of Joseph's environmental influences (e.g., his family dynamics), his psychological profile, and his motivations, and it advances a rather comprehensive naturalistic reading of the Book of Mormon. I thought the first section of the book on Joseph's foundational years was interesting and informative. I also give him credit for spending time on questions that, in my opinion, have not been adequately addressed by other Mormon historians (e.g., Joseph's involvement in money-digging and seer stones and its implications and Joseph Smith Sr.'s drinking).

I reject many of Vogel's analyses (especially his reductionistic and rather strained readings of the Book of Mormon), and I think it unfortunate that Vogel stops so soon in Joseph's life. (I don't know if he plans another volume or not.) I've heard that Signature cut out two final chapters from the biography for content reasons (I don't know what Vogel discusses).

Prince has published two other articles on McKay in the Spring 2002 ("David O. McKay and blacks : building the foundation for the 1978 revelation") and Winter 2000 ("David O. McKay and the "twin sisters" : free agency and tolerance") issues of Dialogue. At some point we should see a full biography.

Prince's latest article can be read here.

Greg: Wow, Justin. I'm jealous that you had the time and wherewithal to read all this in 2004. I really liked Kathleen Flake's book (she'll be appearing on T&S soon!). The only other listed works I read were the Dialogue and Sunstone pieces. I did just order Bushman's collection (40 bucks!) from Amazon and am looking forward to revisiting -- or reading for the first time -- his great essays. Too bad the elusive "Colonization" essay is not included.

Well, to make a confession: I haven't exactly "read" the three books in the "Reference" section, and I've only read part of the B.H. Roberts book. But they're great books to own for reference purposes.

I agree with regard to the Colonization essay. I still haven't seen a copy of it.

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