Examining the claims of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland movement

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

On the alleged audacity of Jonathan Neville’s critics

In the book-publishing world, it’s common for publishers and authors to distribute a limited number of advance review copies of a book before it’s available to public. As you can probably tell from the name, these advance copies are sent out so that reviewers can have a chance to, well, review the book and publish their reviews in anticipation of it being sold.

Reflecting on an unrelated matter, on , Jonathan Neville recalled
my experience with Matt Roper, Jeff Bradshaw, and the Interpreter years ago when I gave Matt an ARC [advance review copy] to discuss with me but instead he used it to write 3 articles for the Interpreter, one published the morning of my joint appearance with him at the John Whitmer Historical Association, that publication date timed so I couldn’t respond.
So, Jonathan Neville is upset because he gave an advance review copy of his 2015 book, The Lost City of Zarahemla: From Iowa to Guatemala—and Back Again to Matthew Roper, and Matthew Roper used that advance review copy to…{wait for it}…write a review of Neville’s book.

Bill Murray Peter Venkman Ghostbusters human sacrifice dogs and cats living together mass hysteria animated GIF Dr. Peter Venkman explained what happens when someone uses a review copy of a book to write a review
How Matt Roper and his conscience can sleep at night is a mystery for the ages, apparently.

(I should point out that, to the best of my knowledge, Neville hasn’t yet responded to or refuted Matthew Roper’s three Interpreter articles. The timing of the JWHA meeting aside, what’s preventing Neville from writing a response to Roper’s now-seven-year-old articles? Nothing, I would imagine, other than perhaps he can’t respond.)

Neville concluded his blog post with this childish swipe at the organization that tops his enemies list:
Last I heard, Matt now works at Book of Mormon Central, whose employees continue this type of practice.
Meanwhile, our long-time readers will recall how Jonathan Neville straight-up lied to Matthew Roper when they first met and how Neville hid his true agenda and intentions from Roper for months, only to publish a distorted account of their interactions in The Lost City of Zarahemla. Neville is once again showing his penchant for dishonesty and hypocrisy.

—Peter Pan


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