Reviews – The Council of Fifty
Reviewed by Adam Jortner, Mormon Studies Review
Mormon scholars and conspiracy theorists have been salivating over the publication of The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History—a formidable collection of primary sources edited by Jedediah S. Rogers. The recondite Council of Fifty has been shrouded in mystery ever since its founding by Joseph Smith Jr. in 1844. Consequently, both scholarly and popular thinking on the Council has tended towards terms like “shrouded in mystery” and other clichés more associated with MonsterQuest or Jesse Ventura than with nineteenth-century religion.