Now It’s Her Turn: Fawn McKay Brodie: A Biographer’s Life Fawn McKay Brodie is best known for her controversial biographies of Joseph Smith and Thomas Jefferson. Mormon leaders denounced her interpretation of their prophet and excommunicated her. Yet No Man Knows My History has remained in print for over 55 years. American historians were also skeptical of Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, especially her claim that Jefferson had had an affair and children with one of his slaves–a claim that DNA evidence now seems to have vindicated. Now it is Brodie herself who is under scrutiny. After years of research, author Newell Bringhurst has now published his biography of this unusual historian. The Mormon History Association recently awarded it “Best Biography.” Will our critics agree with the MHA judges?
Allen D. Roberts, William Mulder, Newell G. Bringhurst