I predict that the issues he raises will gain more and more prominence as discussion of the origin of the Book of Mormon continues into the future. Hence, in my opinion, they deserve to be made known to as broad an audience as possible, so I will provide a very general outline here.
The author's first point is that during the course of the Book of Mormon Joseph Smith recites his veiled autobiography four times:
|BOOK OF MORMON||First Recitation||Second Recitation||Third Recitation||Fourth Recitation|
|Words of Mormon|
Dr. Anderson describes each retelling with their various particulars and psychological implications in separate chapters, but he does not provide a single, comprehensive list of Book of Mormon events which corresponded to Smith's life from birth to the time of dictation. The Book of Mormon events in some retellings are more easily correspondable to events in Joseph's life than others, so I will draw a partial list of the more notable parallels here. The different text colors correspond to the retelling with the same color in the above table.
|Events in Joseph Smith's life||Events in the Book of Mormon||Scripture References|
|Joseph born fourth (living) child||Nephi born fourth child||I Ne. 2:5|
|Joseph has a sibling named Samuel||Nephi has a sibling named Sam||I Ne. 2:5|
|One of the Smith children named Joseph||One of Lehi's children named Joseph||I Ne. 18:7|
|Joseph taken South (to Palmyra) by his father at about age 11||Mormon carried South (to Zarahemla) by his father at age 11||Mormon 1:6|
|Joseph claims he is visited of the Lord in his 15th year||Mormon claims he is visited of the Lord at age 15||Mormon 1:15|
|Joseph begins searching for hidden treasures in the earth||Inhabitants begin hiding treasures in the earth||Mormon 1:19|
|Joseph begins using sorceries, magics, etc.||Sorceries, magics, etc. wrought upon the land||Mormon 1:19|
|Joseph unsuccessful in retreiving treasures||Treasures slippery and cannot be held or retained||Mormon 1:18|
|Only one of the Stowells believe Joseph's supernatural claims, while none of the Lewises (Emma's cousins) do||Only one of the Amalekites believe Aaron's supernatural claims, while none of the Amulonites do||Alma 23:14|
|"Ethan" (Smith) is the author of a book resembling and preceding Joseph's translation of the Nephite records||"Ether" is the author of a book resembling and preceding Mormon's abridgment of the Nephite records||Ether 1:6|
|Anti-Masonic sentiment gains sudden prominence in Joseph's home state||Anti-"secret combination" sentiment gains sudden prominence in the Book of Mormon||Helaman 1:11-12|
Readers should note that the material here does not necessarily negate the possibility of Joseph Smith having used one or both of "Manuscript Story" or View of the Hebrews as source material for the Book of Mormon, since Joseph may have gotten a general outline of setting and scope from the prior works and filled in the details on his own, with the above results.