Cook (history, California State Univ., Stanislaus) closely examines of the origins of the Stone-Campbell movement, also known as the American Restoration movement, an attempt to achieve unity among US Protestants in the 19th century. The movement—which eventually gave birth to three major US denominations (Disciples of Christ, Churches of Christ, and the independent Christian Church)—was created in 1832, when Barton Stone (1772–1844) and Alexander Campbell (1788–1866) brought together their two movements. Both their movements opposed creeds, appealed to the authority of the Bible only, and sought to avoid creating denominational structures, leaving each local church independent. Cook’s major argument is that the Stone-Campbell movement was never a merger of two equals. Cook contends that Stone had little influence on the movement. In addition Cook argues that the Restoration denominations today would have been far better positioned to achieve Christian unity had they followed the spirit and thought of Stone rather than Campbell. This original study is a solid contribution to the historiography of one of the major traditions of American Protestantism. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.