Kofford Books Announces Brian Hales’ 3 Volume Series on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy + Speaking Engagements

From Greg Kofford Books:

Brian C. Hales’s Joseph Smith’s Polygamy Available February 26, 2013

From Greg Kofford Books

Vol. 1: History    ISBN: 978-1-58958-189-0; 638 pages; $36.95

Vol. 2: History    ISBN: 978-1-58958-548-5; 602 pages; $36.95

Vol. 3: Theology ISBN: 978-1-58958-190-6; 332 pages; $26.95

All 3 volumes available in print and ebook

Greg Kofford Books is pleased to announce the publication of Brian C. Hales’s much-anticipated and monumental 3-volume set on Joseph Smith’s establishment of polygamy. Composing over a total of 1,500 pages and for the first time drawing on every known account, Joseph’s Smith’s Polygamy meticulously reconstructs both the history and the theological underpinnings of the often misunderstood practice.

Volumes 1 and 2: History take a fresh look at the historical development of Mormon polygamy during the life of Joseph Smith. Addressing difficult conundrums like the Fannie Alger relationship, polyandry, accounts of the “angel with a drawn sword,” and other fascinating details.  Hales makes ample use of personal accounts and collected documents, especially the newly available Andrew Jenson Papers. This complex and nuanced history is enhanced by his thorough use of the private writings of Nauvoo participants and other polygamy insiders, including many accounts that have never been published.  Joseph Smith’s Polygamy represents the most comprehensive history of early Mormon polygamy to date.

Volume 3: Theology explores an important and crucial aspect of early Mormon polygamy that has been ignored by virtually all other studies of the practice. In this volume Hales builds on his historical research and places polygamy within the context of Joseph Smith’s expanding theological teachings and worldview. Polygamy is interpreted amidst his broader teachings on the related topics of obedience to God’s will, marriage and family relations, the mechanics of eternal progression, salvation, and exaltation. Volume 3 acts as a capstone to the series, explaining not only what happened, but why.

All three volumes of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy will be available on February 26th at local and online book retailers. It will also be available in ebook format for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple devices.  For more information and early praise of the volumes, visit http://gregkofford.com/products/joseph-smith-polygamy-vol-1-history.

Advance Praise for Brian Hales’s, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy:

“Brian Hales wants to face up to every question, every problem, every fear about plural marriage. His answers may not satisfy everyone, but he gives readers the relevant sources where answers, if they exist, are to be found. There has never been a more thorough examination of the polygamy idea.”
—Richard L. Bushman, author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

Speaking Engagements:

Brian C.Hales will be speaking about his research and signing copies at Benchmark Books (3269 S Main St #250, Salt Lake City) on February 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and at Pioneer Book (858 S State St, Orem) on March 9th at 7:00 pm. He is also available for presentations, signings, or interviews. Inquiries and requests should be sent to Loyd Ericson at loyde@koffordbooks.com.

About the Author:

Brian C. Hales, board-certified anesthesiologist in Layton, Utah, graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in biology and from the University of Utah, College of Medicine. This book is his seventh. His Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto (Salt Lake City: Kofford Books, 2007) was awarded the 2007 Best Book Award from the John Whitmer Historical Association.

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