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Richard Lyman Bushman
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Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History, Emeritus, at Columbia University, grew up in Portland, Oregon, and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University. He has also taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University, and the University of Delaware. His From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut, 1690—1765 won the Bancroft Prize in 1967. His other books include Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (1984), winner of the Evans Biography Award; King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985); and The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (1992). A practicing Mormon, he lives in New... Read More

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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $35.00

In Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Richard Lyman Bushman, an esteemed American cultural historian and a practicing Mormon, tells how Smith formed a new religion from the ground up. Moving beyond the popular stereotype of Smith as a colorful fraud, the book explores the inner workings of his personality—his personal piety... Read more >
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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: eBook, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $14.99

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Joseph Smith
Rough Stone Rolling
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $19.95

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, found cities, and attract thousands of followers before his violent death at age thirty-eight. Richard Bushman, an esteemed cultural historian and a... Read more >
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The Refinement of America
Persons, Houses, Cities
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2011
Price: $14.99

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The Refinement of America
Persons, Houses, Cities
Written by Richard Lyman Bushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 1993
Price: $20.00

The Refinement of America is an exciting and original analysis of how the concern for stylishness, taste, beauty, and politeness that began to be felt in America after 1700 changed the nation's future development as a society and culture.  Bushman shows that the visions of a more elegant life both complemented and... Read more >
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