Category Archives: Reviews

Early Reviews of The Mormon Jesus

In the last month, several reviews of The Mormon Jesus have appeared. Among them, this from Doug Gibson of the Ogden Standard-Examiner: “The Mormon Jesus” is an example of excellent Mormon scholarship that can be found from authors outside the faith. Turner’s devotion … Continue reading

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Reviews in BYU Studies and the Interpreter

For an interesting comparison of two recent reviews of Pioneer Prophet, both written by Latter-day Saints, see the following: Thomas Alexander’s review in BYU Studies. Craig Foster’s review in the Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.

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Bipartisan Support for Pioneer Prophet

Pioneer Prophet has recently gained praise from publications on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Writing a long and generous review for The Nation, Chris Lehmann praises the book’s “stolid resistance to either version of the traditional Young caricature.” In … Continue reading

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Capsule Review in Foreign Affairs

A very nice summary from Walter Russell Mead in the November/December issue of Foreign Affairs: “Turner’s portrait of this unique American figure is balanced, thoughtful, and readable. It is a book that no student of the American West can afford … Continue reading

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Pioneer Prophet in The New Republic

Writing for The New Republic, cultural historian Jackson Lears (one of my favorite authors during my graduate school years) tells the story of Mormon history, uses Max Weber (creatively) to interpret the changing position of the church within American society, … Continue reading

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New York Times’s Review of Pioneer Prophet

Alex Beam, a columnist for the Boston Globe, reviews Pioneer Prophet for the October 21, 2012 New York Times Sunday Book Review. Praising the book as a “landmark work,” and he notes that “there is no aspect of Young’s fascinating … Continue reading

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Standard-Examiner and SL Tribune Reviews

Two recent complimentary reviews in Utah newspapers. First, Doug Gibson, writing in Ogden’s Standard-Examiner, concludes that “Turner’s book … is another example of grizzly bear truth, where a great man’s life is revealed, with strengths and weaknesses, talents and faults … Continue reading

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