Patrick Mason addressed the target audience of the new narrative history book “Saints” in a recent SLTrib article:

“Saints” is not for scholars or even sophisticated Mormons, said Patrick Mason, chair of Mormon studies at Claremont Graduate University. “This is for the person who has never picked up a book of church history or a volume of the Joseph Smith Papers Project — and is never going to.”

It’s for members whose only exposure to Latter-day Saint history is the fictionalized series “The Work and the Glory,” he said, “or for new members who live in Brazil or Ghana.”

It’s an internal document “for the faithful,” Mason said, “like a Sunday school.”

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