McKay Coppins’ Romney: A Reckoning is a thoroughly Mormon book. On the one hand, this is obvious. The book was: primarily researched by a church member (Samuel Benson), written by a church member (Coppins), and has as its subject the faith’s most famous member, a man who has dutifully served as a missionary, bishop, and stake president.
This is very well done. Thank you for writing it. I agree that the Church and, more particularly, its members are at an inflection point. And while some Church leaders may be willing to compromise on some matters, the membership in the American west appears beyond compromise. They have thrown in with the hard-right edge of the Republican Party egged on to a significant degree by Church leaders in the push for Prop 8. I question whether even Church leaders can bring them back from the brink at this point. They are, as Mr. Romney has learned first-hand, well to the right of Mr. Romney, who they consider a traitor. As a generalization, they are more (Trump) Republican than Mormon. I hope I’m wrong. Thank you again for your thoughtful review.