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The interview discusses the tensions between Mormon historians and church leadership in the 1970s, focusing on the publication of a pamphlet responding to a critical book by the Tanners. Initially rejected by Mormon leadership for publishing due to their discomfort with the real history revealed in it, the pamphlet is instead published privately under the pseudonym, A Latter-day Saint Historian, or, as the Tanners dubbed him, “Mr. Clandestine.”

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  1. Cynthia March 8, 2023 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I listen to your podcast and was listening to another podcast- he is a former Mormon and I think he would be a good guest for your show- thought I would share the link for you to listen-

  2. Ron Huggins March 8, 2023 at 5:33 pm - Reply

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    RIchard Stephen Marshall’s New Mormon History

  4. Ricci L Hall March 9, 2023 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    How could I get a copy of the pamphlet unveiling Dr. Clandestine”

    I would love to read it.

    • Maven March 9, 2023 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      If you mean the pamphlet Quinn wrote, they have copies of it at Signature Books!

  5. DWL March 9, 2023 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Where can we read his doctoral dissertation ?


  6. Neil March 15, 2023 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the back story. I found and bought Quinn’s pamphlet at Sam Weller’s bookstore in 1979. I still have my copy. I read Quinn’s pamphlet first which prompted me to read Tanner’s book. I remember the Tanner book was in the Controlled section of the USU library so you couldn’t check it out to take home so I had to read it in the library. At this time the USU LDS Institute library carried Sunstone magazine. So I remember 1979 as a time to feast on Tanner’s book, Quinn’s pamphlet, Sunstone magazine and Dialogue Journal.

  7. Shane Evans June 16, 2023 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Excellent excellent episode! Thank you for another gem of Mormon history. I feel terrible that both Mormon historians had to lie to protect the good name of the church. Thank goodness for the forthrightness of the Tanners. I’d love to hear more about the Packer & Petersen hardball Mormon scholars had to deal with.

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