Published by Kate Thompson,
Psychobiography? Another way of looking at history.
The author offers a fascinating look into the mind of Joseph Smith, the founding prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through a psychobiographical study. Using science and academic history, Anderson hypothesizes that the Book of Mormon can be understood as Joseph’s autobiography and offers a diagnosis of Smith’s mental state. The perspective he presents is thought-provoking, one based on his study of Joseph’s early years, his family and neighbors, his homes, health, state of mind and the state of the nation including politics of the day, the revivalist and spiritualist movements, folklore, poverty and economics. Whether he’s right or not, Anderson’s psychobiographical study is what’s interesting, for he attempts to give a whole picture of Joseph through what historical evidence remains and includes mental health in that picture. The book is presented in a way I understood, and is a good read, save for repetition which became laboring – I skimmed bits of it - but understandable for a case study. I recommend.
and a contributing author of New Halem Tales - 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors. A Family of Forgetters,