Publication: University of Illinois Press, 1992, Urbana and Chicago
First edition. 8vo. Inked presentation inscription warmly inscribed to friend and fellow historian Will Bagley and signed by the author on the title page. Red cloth, titles stamped in gilt on the spine, viii, 519  pp., preface, introduction, illustrated from photographs, portraits, appendix, notes, index. Nice association copy. Important work on the Hofmann forgeries and bombings by the noted historian. "Three pipe bombs exploded in Salt Lake County in 1985, killing two people. Behind the murders lay a vast forgery scheme aimed at dozens of other victims, most prominently the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mark Hofmann, a master forger, went to prison for the murders. He had bilked the church, document dealers, and collectors of hundreds of thousands of dollars over several years while attempting to alter Mormon history. Other false documents of Americana still circulate. The crimes garnered intense media interest, spawning books, TV and radio programs, and myriad newspaper and magazine articles. Victims is a thoughtful corrective to the more sensationalized accounts. More important, Richard Turley adds substantively to the record with previously unavailable church documentation and exclusive interviews with church officials, giving the book greater depth and resonance." ... from the dust jacket. Fine bright copy in dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 48074