Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case

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Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case
Author Richard E. Turley Jr.
Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992

Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case

Reviewer Jennifer Larson

Mr. Turley's purpose in Victims has been to carefully document the Hofmann affair from the perspective of the major corporate victim, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His very focused account relies heavily on sources unavailable to earlier chroniclers, including the personal journals of many of the CHurch principals involved. The result is a necessary and welcome chronological exposition of the LDS Church's dealings with Hofmann, which were neither error-free nor, as may have supposed sinister. Readers of some of the earlier accounts will discover that false conclusions, and at times bigotry, have colored earlier interpretations of these relations. In fact, the Church's representatives initially showed a diligence and restraint seldom equaled in institutional and private document collecting.

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