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A Peculiar People: The Mystical and Pragmatic Appeal of Mormonism

Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, November 28, 1999

9 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2006 Last revised: 7 Oct 2013

Kenneth Anderson

American University - Washington College of Law

Date Written: November 28, 1999

Abstract

This 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Review essay examines Richard and Joan Ostling's account of contemporary Mormonism in the United States. Richard Ostling, a reporter for Time Magazine, obtained extensive access to Mormon Church officials in the course of researching the book, and it gives the fullest account available currently of Mormon life in America. The review finds the book to be very evenhanded and objective, and perhaps the best introduction to the Mormon faith extant today, whether by Mormon church members or non-members.

Keywords: Mormon, Mormonism, Joseph Smith, Mormon Church, Book of Mormon, Ostlings, Rigoberta Menchus, History, Theology, Brigham Young, Ezra Taft Benson, Mormon Fundamentalism

JEL Classification: B25, B29, B30, B31

Suggested Citation

Anderson, Kenneth, A Peculiar People: The Mystical and Pragmatic Appeal of Mormonism (November 28, 1999). Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, November 28, 1999 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=935778

Kenneth Anderson (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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Washington, DC 20016
United States

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