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Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet (2012)

av John G. Turner

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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 expos?, 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.… (mer)
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Super informative. I learned so much about Utah and other things like Joshua tree from this book ( )
  Moshepit20 | Jan 22, 2024 |
A well-written, objective tome. I wish the author had discussed more on the legacies of Brigham Young: That Utah is still a virtual theocracy, and how the polygamy colonies in Arizona and Utah—where old men marry children—mirror "plural marriage" as practiced by Young in the 1840-70s. Brigham Young destroyed many lives while he lived and continues to harm millions more living today. ( )
  E.Loveless1838 | Mar 6, 2022 |
Really 3.5. This is a thorough book and Turner is surprisingly generous in his explanations of certain episodes. But I didn't get the feeling that this was something that he enjoyed. And, I'll admit it, I enjoy Brigham Young (foibles, errors, and all). So maybe this style of book just wasn't for me. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Rabbit hole that lead to 'Mormon Jesus':https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27311807-the-mormon-jesus ( )
  jasoncomely | Dec 28, 2017 |
Biography of the man who took Mormonism from its genesis with Joseph Smith to near-control of Utah, and managed its Weberian transition from being led by a prophet to being led by a church, with an administrative hierarchy capable of surviving in the long term. Young is not larger than life; he makes many mistakes, mostly financial; he has complicated relationships with his multiple wives, some of whom seem to be married out of convenience and others for passion; he says contradictory things about women over time, but always stays racist; he gets crankier as he gets older; he supports the slaughter of non-Mormons in various circumstances and then gets cagey about it in order to keep the federal government’s heavy hand from coming down. Turner repeatedly notes that Young’s positions weren’t unique in his time—though massacring a bunch of white Protestants and getting away with it was pretty unusual. I should probably read a biography of Smith for comparison. ( )
  rivkat | May 7, 2014 |
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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 expos?, 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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