“American Crucifixion” updated with reviews, etc

Here is the Amazon write-up for the book, where you can seen the lovely cover … or see it here


American Cruci


A review, quite a coherent one, has appeared on the social media site Goodreads.com. (May require login.) Early days. A second one also appeared. These are citizen reviewers who download electronic galleys from the publisher. Interesting.

In recent days, I’ve had a wonderful review from Publishers Weekly, a magazine that I respect, and also starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus Riviews. (I respect them too!) These assessments are both important, and heartening, as these publications speak to the “trade,” and the “trade” sells books.

The book’s publication date was April 22, and three reviews appeared very quickly. They were all VERY flattering, and provided some buoyancy both for me and for my publisher. Chicago Tribune; Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal (possible paywall here.)

I’ve given several interviews about the book. Here is one with Scott Porch of Kirkus, and here is another with my friends at WGBH radio in Boston.

And here I’m linking to the video of a book talk I gave at the Politics & Prose bookstore in late Aril.

Here are two hour long public radio shows on “AC;” not an obvious task, by the way. But both hosts were well-prepared, and in New Hampshire, some very historically engaged listeners phoned or e-mailed the show. My friend Colin McEnroe in Hartford, and The Exchange on NHPR in Concord, N.H.

Maybe the best interrogation, so far, by the well-known and dare I say forensic Doug Fabrizio of KUER in Salt Lake City.

This is a long and very emotional encounter with John Dehlin, at his cousins’ home in the hills overlooking Salt Lake City. “Mormon Stories” is a deservedly famous podcast. The very next day, John received notice of his possible excommunication from the LDS church.

A muddy review from the New York Times, and an interesting, long talk with Robert Birnbaum. Also posting this podcast, in which I discuss my hope — possibly to be unrealized — of writing another Mormon book.

Curious …. the LDS has been releasing statements about its own historya whole bunch of them actually. Unsure where the pressure is coming from, but there’s a rockslide coming down on Temple Square … I think this book was perhaps one of the small boulders cascading down. As others have pointed out, this is a huge victory for “real” historians, e.g., Fawn Brodie, Mike Quinn, Dan Vogel, George D. Smith,  Todd Compton, Richard Van Wagoner and many others.

Lots of hype for the church’s big polygamy reveal, completely ridiculous for anyone who knows even Fact One about Mormon history.

I might as well link to these idiots, as real-life examples of vivid moral and intellectual corruption.

This is a pretty serious review … that being said, I have some serious problems with it. It’s in the Christian Century, so the Mormons were happy for the attention.