Every great book has a great backstory. Here well-known historians describe their journeys of writing books that have influenced our understanding of the Mormon past, offering an unprecedented glimpse into why they wrote these important works. Writing Mormon History is a must-read for historians, students of history, scholars, and aspiring authors. The volume’s contributors are:
Polly Aird, Will Bagley, Todd Compton, Brian Hales, Melvin Johnson, William MacKinnon, Linda King Newell, Gregory Prince, D. Michael Quinn, Craig Smith, George D. Smith, Vickie Cleverley Speek, Susan Staker, Daniel Stone, John Turner
The majority of the essays appear here for the first time.
Joseph W. Geisner is an independent Mormon researcher. He has published in the Journal of Mormon History, Sunstone, John Whitmer Historical Journal, Irreantum, and elsewhere. With Lavina Fielding Anderson, he created the chronologies for Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997. He is currently on the board of directors for the John Whitmer Historical Association. He and his wife live in northern California, where they provide residential services for people with developmental disabilities. The Geisners are the parents of three children.