Three Reviews of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise

The cover of Mormon America promises information about “the beliefs, rituals, business practices, and well-guarded secrets of one of the world-s fastest growing and most influential religions.” Richard and Joan Ostling deliver a tremendous amount of information, providing a history of the growth of Mormonism from a small band of individuals in the early nineteenth century to an eleven-million-member, global religion of the twenty-first century.

As a journalistic endeavor, Mormon America is an update (and expansion) of earlier treatments of Mormonism such as America’s Saints: The Rise of Mormon Power and The Mormon Corporate Empire—only more. The authors attempt once again to estimate the Church’s financial empire, but, much to their credit, they pay attention to other aspects of Mormonism as well.

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