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American Crucifixion -- The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church

Beam, Alex

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ISBN 10: 1610393139 / ISBN 13: 9781610393133
Published by Public Affairs, New York, 2014
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Mormonism is America's largest and most enduring religion, and in recent decades it has in many ways joined the mainstream, led by many of its hardworking, ambituous, and virtuous members. The rise and fall of Joseph Smith is a fascinating story, well told by journalist Alex Beam. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, first edition, first printing, with number line starting with "1."). Bookseller Inventory # 140436

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Title: American Crucifixion -- The Murder of Joseph...

Publisher: Public Affairs, New York

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: the founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. They wanted blood.

At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting his own religion and creating his own Golden Bible” the Book of Mormon he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter. He'd led his people to Ohio, then Missouri, then Illinois, where he founded a city larger than fledgling Chicago. He was running for president. And, secretly, he had married more than thirty women.

In American Crucifixion, Alex Beam tells how Smith went from charismatic leader to public enemy: How his most seismic revelation the doctrine of polygamy created a rift among his people; how that schism turned to violence; and how, ultimately, Smith could not escape the consequences of his ambition and pride.

Mormonism is America's largest and most enduring native religion, and the martyrdom” of Joseph Smith is one of its transformational events. Smith's brutal assassination propelled the Mormons to colonize the American West and claim their place in the mainstream of American history. American Crucifixion is a gripping story of scandal and violence, with deep roots in our national identity.

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Alex Beam is a columnist for the Boston Globe and for the International Herald Tribune. He is the author of two works of nonfiction, Gracefully Insane and A Great Idea at the Time, both New York Times Notable Books. He has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, Slate and Forbes/FYI. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and three sons.

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