9780674049673

Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet

Turner, John G.

ISBN 10: 0674049675 / 0-674-04967-5
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Publisher: Belknap Press
Publication Date: 2012
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Brigham Young was a rough-hewn craftsman from New York whose impoverished and obscure life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He trudged around the United States and England to gain converts for Mormonism, spoke in spiritual tongues, married more than fifty women, and eventually transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. While previous accounts of his life have been distorted by hagiography or polemical exposé, John Turner provides a fully realized portrait of a colossal figure in American religion, politics, and westward expansion.

After the 1844 murder of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Young gathered those Latter-day Saints who would follow him and led them over the Rocky Mountains. In Utah, he styled himself after the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of ancient Israel. As charismatic as he was autocratic, he was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.

Under his fiery tutelage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints defended plural marriage, restricted the place of African Americans within the church, fought the U.S. Army in 1857, and obstructed federal efforts to prosecute perpetrators of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. At the same time, Young's tenacity and faith brought tens of thousands of Mormons to the American West, imbued their everyday lives with sacred purpose, and sustained his church against adversity. Turner reveals the complexity of this spiritual prophet, whose commitment made a deep imprint on his church and the American Mountain West.


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Book Description: Harvard University Press 4 Sep 2012, 2012. Book Condition: New. Review\n"Turner's book is wonderfully well sourced and he has had the benefit of co-operation from the Morman archives." --David Aaronovitch, The Times, Monday 20 August 2012\n\n"[an] exceptional well researched and endlessly interesting biography" --Stuart Kelly, The Scotsman, Saturday 29 September\n\n"Young's life is admirably chronicled in this fine new biography by John G Turner" "elegantly written and well-researched" --Richard Aldous, The Irish Times, Saturday 22 September 2012\n\n"[an] impressive biography" --Jeremy Black, Standpoint, Thursday November 1 2012\n\n"Young's life is admirably chronicled in this fine new biography by John G Turner" "elegantly written and well-researched" --Richard Aldous, The Irish Times, Saturday 22 September 2012\n\n"[an} impressive biography" --Jeremy Black, Standpoint, Thursday November 1 2012\n\n"Young's life is admirably chronicled in this fine new biography by John G Turner" "elegantly written and well-researched" --Richard Aldous, The Irish Times, Saturday 22 September 2012 About the Author\nJohn G. Turner is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. Original cloth with dust-jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 19d7403f86d2277cead77309e86c837a

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