So today I got one of my summer reading books What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848, a part of the Oxford History of America series. Written by Daniel Walker Howe an Emertis Professor at Oxford and UCLA in American History.
This book also won the Pulitzer Prize for history. So needless to say it is a heavyweight in the field. So I felt I needed to have a look at it. Hardcover it is nearly 900 pages. I will probably keep me occupied for a while.
I will report back later on that one.
The other one I bought, thanks to several sources suggesting it was The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch. I have read the Mormonism sections which intrigued me enough to read some more at home instead of in the library. It is a shorter chunk under 300 pages with some interesting views on the Book of Mormon as more than a secular vision as a creature of the era. His view seemed to be of a system of social commentary, but what scripture is not a comment on society.
More to come.