What is the Best Book Title in Mormon History?

By February 22, 2008

Ed Blum over at Religion in American History asks

[W]hat are the best titles in American religious history? Not the best books, but the best literary titles – and why.

I want to ask the same question here, but adapted to a Mormon history context. What does everyone think?

Article filed under Polls/Surveys


Comments

  1. Is Kissing Sinful?

    Wait, maybe that’s the worst.

    Comment by Steve M — February 22, 2008 @ 2:49 pm

  2. “In Sacred Loneliness”. After reading the book, the title becomes apparent.

    Comment by larryco_ — February 22, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  3. I don’t know if they’re the best, but I think No Man Knows My History and Equal Rites are both great titles (though neither is, in my opinion, a top-notch book).

    Comment by Christopher — February 22, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  4. I’m having trouble thinking of a really great title, but I do like the way Quest for Empire and Quest for Refuge stand as titular historiographical counterpoints (which was, of course, Marvin Hill’s intention).

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 22, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  5. Bushman’s initial title for RSR and his answer for Brodie (take that, DKL)

    You Never Knew My Heart

    Comment by David G. — February 22, 2008 @ 4:21 pm

  6. Polygamy was better than monotony, (1972) by Paul Bailey

    Never read it, but love the title

    Comment by NorthboundZax — February 22, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  7. Mormonism for Dummies.

    Comment by Patrick — February 22, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  8. God’s Country, Uncle Sam’s Land, by Todd Kerstetter

    or

    Sojourner in the Promised Land: 40 Years Among the Mormons

    Comment by David G. — February 22, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  9. A few more I like:

    The Angel and the Beehive, All Abraham’s Children, No Ma’am, That’s Not History, Tinkling Symbols and Sounding Brass, On the Way to Somewhere Else: European Sojourners in the Mormon West, 1834-1930.

    Comment by Christopher — February 22, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

  10. Waiting For World’s End: The Diaries of Wilford Woodruff. Evokes the very real millennial hopes of nineteenth-century Mormons.

    Comment by Brandon — February 22, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

  11. No comment on the content, but how about —

    Mormonism Unveiled

    Nightfall at Nauvoo

    Comment by Randy B. — February 22, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

  12. Randy’s reference to Nightfall at Nauvoo reminded me of the original title of Sam Taylor’s bio of John Taylor, The Kingdom or Nothing.

    Comment by David G. — February 22, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

  13. Some others —

    Mormon Thunder

    Man of God, Son of Thunder

    Lion of the Lord

    Wild Ram of the Mountains

    On the Potter’s Wheel

    Comment by Randy B. — February 22, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  14. I like:

    Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder
    Prophet of Blood: The Untold Story of Ervil LeBaron and the Lambs of God
    The Saintly Scoundrel
    Viper on the Hearth

    I also love some of the anti-Mormon titles of the 1800s.

    Comment by Justin — February 22, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  15. Re: Randy B. (#11) Mormonism Unveiled

    Mormonism Unvailed is waaaay better.

    Comment by Christopher — February 22, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  16. Justin’s right about anti-Mormon titles

    A favorite of mine is Uncle Sam’s Abscess, or Hell Upon Earth

    Comment by Randy B. — February 22, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  17. Sisters and Little Saints

    Comment by Mark IV — February 22, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  18. Mark IV, You’re kidding, right?

    Comment by Patrick — February 22, 2008 @ 6:55 pm

  19. Joseph Smith, the First Mormon

    Comment by California Condor — February 22, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

  20. Definitely have to go with “Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites” or ANY Lynn Gardner paper-back Deseret book mystery novel. To give you a taste: “Turquoise and Terrorists” “Diamonds and Danger” “Amethysts and Arson” (This is what I got to shelve every so often in my three years at BYU Special Collections)

    I guess those aren’t really scholarly…but always a good chuckle, my friends. A good, hearty chuckle.

    Comment by Heidi — February 22, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  21. My favorite title is “Pre-Assassination writings of Parley P. Pratt.” I’m still waiting for volume two, but I guess finding source material is a bit challenging. Oh well, I’ll keep waiting.

    Comment by Rob — February 22, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

  22. Those are classic, Heidi! You should start a worst titles thread.

    A few more good ones (in my opinion anyway), and then I promise to shut up.

    On the Ragged Edge

    One More River to Cross

    Canyons of Grace

    Comment by Randy B. — February 22, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  23. Rob, I thought the same thing when I saw that title.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 22, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

  24. I liked

    Brigham Young: American Moses by Arrington

    Comment by JonW — February 23, 2008 @ 12:24 am

  25. I like Doves and Serpents.

    Comment by J. Stapley — February 23, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  26. I’ve never read it, but I’ve always been amused by the title Mormonism’s Temple of Doom. Hey, if Indiana Jones can have one . . .

    Comment by Lynnette — February 25, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  27. Titles:

    “Rough Stone Rolling” – so concise yet descriptive.

    “Nibley on the Timely and the Timeless” – my favorite title ever for many reasons

    “Jesus the Christ” – simply for the audacity

    Comment by Ray — February 25, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  28. When I lived in Alabama, I used to laugh at the anti-Mormon titles in the local Christian book store. I wish I could remember some of the titles, because there were some hilarious ones.

    Of all time, “Captured by the Mormons” is my favorite anti-Mormon title.

    Comment by Ray — February 25, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  29. Ray, I’m not challenging you, but I’m failing to see what is so audacious about calling Jesus “the Christ.”

    Comment by Christopher — February 25, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

  30. I really like The Angel and the Beehive, for its symbolism. Viper on the Hearth is another good title. I can’t think of any that have yet to be mentioned.

    Comment by BHodges — February 25, 2008 @ 5:56 pm


Series

Recent Comments

Cathy Gilmore on Review for Emmeline B.: “Thanks for this, Hannah. I agree with you in wanting memoirs and diaries to play a larger role in understanding women's history. The more we…”


Cathy on JI Summer Book Club: “Hannah, I love this idea of a "historiographical intervention". Charlotte, thanks for this review. I am fascinated by the act of diary-keeping by women. Could…”


Hannah Jung on JI Summer Book Club: “One of the strengths of Ulrich's book is her conscious use of sources that were written in the present. This chapter seems to be the…”


wvs on JI Summer Book Club: “LTU's use of reminiscences is sometimes difficult I think. Nevertheless, her work with the source materials for the period is excellent. Well done, Charlotte. Thanks!”


Mary Lou on JI Summer Book Club: “Thank you for choosing House Full of Females for this summer book club. I have certainly enjoyed reading it and wondering about the life and…”


J Stuart on JI Summer Book Club: “Very nice, Charlotte. I like that you call attention to Ulrich's ability to portray "characters" that readers care about. Novel-esque, even.”

Topics


juvenileinstructor.org