New book: The Four Presidents of the Watch Tower Society

by Dogpatch 25 Replies latest jw friends

  • xjw_b12

    Randy. Thanks for the heads up.

    Too bad about the author and the informants.

    We all know and understand why, but dubs of course will point to it as unsubstantiated, and lies.

    And of course if the author and informants revealed their identities, they would DF them, ostracize their remaining family, and ..... point to it as unsubstantiated and lies.


  • GermanXJW

    I will surely order it. But I would have appreciated a chapter about Henschel & the current guys.

  • stillajwexelder

    Sounds like a must-buy -- thankyou Randy

  • Gamaliel


    I will surely order it. But I would have appreciated a chapter about Henschel & the current guys.

    Me, too. Although Henschel wasn't all that interesting, as far as I could tell. The title of the book is a bit odd, as it implies there never were more than 4. (Technically, Charles Taze Russell was the Second President, and Henschel would have been the 6th, since Russell had actually founded the Society but had first appointed another man as President before him.) Gamaliel

  • Dogpatch

    I think he left out Henschel because he really had very little part in the politics, unlike Knorr and the others. Maybe a book about Don Adams would be nice! :-))


  • Pleasuredome

    ok, well i'll ask this question again for those that missed my previous thread about it, what is the 'mystery doctrine'?

  • willyloman

    What a shame this has to be written anonymously; as someone pointed out, it will be depreciated by JW critics as a result, in much the same way writers on this board have taken to task the WTS for its own anonymously-written publications and bible translation.

    In addition, the misleading title (why not: The First Four...? or the "founding presidents"?) implies a sophomoric editing/publishing approach. It would be sad if all these personal, significant insights into the WTS history are relegated to the bargain bin because of these shortcomings. Oh, WE'll read it. But will anyone else?

  • garybuss

    When is Penton's new book due? Anyone? GaryB

  • Simon

    Thanks Randy - looks like intersting reading. Possibly something that is not concentrating to doctrine so possibly will be more 'readable' by JWs - despite the claims that they don't follow people, most are fascinated by any info about the presidents of the org.

  • Sneaky Russian
    Sneaky Russian


    I believe that some points can be classed as pure sensationalism but anything that turns people away from the Jehovah's Witnesses is good enough for me.

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