The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod can look back on the 1961 split with The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod as a defining moment for its little, conservative church body. From that time on, the Wisconsin Synod has assumed a new profile and distinction in the history of conservative American Lutheranism. Prof. Mark Braun tells A Tale of Two Synods from a vantage point 40 years removed from the events. This history is the result of exhaustive research into the written records of both synods. But it also benefits immeasurable from interviews with and surveys of 82 Wisconsin Synod pastors who lived through the controversy. Their personal reminiscences lend a very human character to the book. This is a good read about the substance of the split between these two Lutheran church bodies.