This book gives us a real flavor of life in Kirtland during the years the Latter-day Saints lived there. The author lets the people of that time speak to us through their personal journals, newspapers, and books. While the author does provide a brief introduction in order to give us context for each vignette, he let's us learn about the events and times directly from those who lived them. Mr. Anderson also provides us with illustrations, tables, and the inside covers have a map of the city from those times. There are also endnotes and a helpful index.