Joseph smith rough stone rolling richard lyman bushman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers founder of the largest indigenous christian church in american history joseph smith published the 584 page book of mormon when he was twenty three and went on to organize a church. Joseph smith rough stone rolling a cultural biography of mormonisms founder is a biography of joseph smith founder and prophet of the latter day saint movement by richard bushmanbushman is both a practicing member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and the gouverneur morris professor of history emeritus at columbia university. A sometimes hard read but i recommend the book because it answered questions for me that could only be answered the way bushman does joseph smith was indeed a rough stone rolling and was sculpted from an obscure boy to become a mighty prophet of god. Rough stone rolling offers a fascinating well rounded view of joseph smiths origins influences and accomplishments most enlightening for me was the depth and breadth of context it provides regarding the cultural economic religious and political landscape of the time period. I was fortunate to read an advanced readers copy of the highly anticipated joseph smith rough stone rolling by richard bushman put simply i thoroughly enjoyed the book bushman has a great deal to be proud of in my estimation his book exceeds all previous biographical attempts including donna
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