What kind of person was Joseph Smith? From the day he first related his vision of the Father and the Son until his martyrdom twenty years later, his life was one of paradoxes. Few people who knew him could maintain an attitude of neutrality toward him. He was capable of inspiring the greatest loyalty in some, while arousing the most bitter enmity in others.
Author Francis M. Gibbons explores the life of this singular man, telling of his ancestry and boyhood, the events leading up to the restoration of the Church, the trials and tribulations of the Saints as their numbers increased and they were driven from New York to Missouri, Ohio, and Illinois. [publisher blurb]