Claudia Lauper Bushman, Columbia University, and Richard Lyman Bushman, Columbia University (Emeritus). New York: Oxford University Press, 2001, 5×8″ softbound, 152 pages, 14 halftones & line illus.
Mormonism is one of the world’s fastest growing religions. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now has has 11 million members, with more than half of its membership coming from outside the United States. More than 88 million copies of The Book of Mormon have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 50 languages.
Mormons in America tells the tumultuous story of this religious group, from its humble origins in small-town New York State in 1830 to its present heyday. Claudia and Richard Bushman introduce us to charismatic leaders like Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, go deep behind Mormon rites and traditions, take us along the adventurous trail of the Mormon pioneers into the West, evoke the momentous erection of Salt Lake City in the desert, and draw us into the dozens of skirmishes, verbal attacks, and court battles between Mormons and their neighbors, other religions, the media, and the American government.