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America's Saints: The Rise of Mormon Power Hardcover – September 13, 1984


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  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; Revised edition (September 13, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399129243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399129247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Gottlieb teaches at the University of California at Los Angeles and lives in Santa Monica.  He is co-author of Thinking Big, a study of the Los Angeles Times.


Peter Wiley is a historian and journalist.  He lives in San Francisco.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The authors write in the Preface to this 1984 book, "We soon discovered that, despite the plethora of books about the Mormon experience, nothing comprehensive had been written about the contemporary church---the rapidly expanding, spiritually influential, politically and economically powerful organization that had emerged in the post-World War II period. Further, little had been written about the dynamics of church organization ... Nor had there been much analysis of the changing of the guard... As non-Mormons and transplanted Californians, we realized that undertaking a book on the contemporary church offered hazards as well as opportunities... We also had to contend with the deep penchant among Mormon leaders for secrecy... The church encourages an internal spying system so that documents and information do not get leaked to the outside world."

They note, "(Ezra Taft) Benson was becoming increasingly vitriolic in his warnings about the dangers of Communism... Instead of bringing the (Mormon) Prophet into an alliance with the Birchers, Benson's activities set off alarm bells in church headquarters... Benson continued to work with the Birchers without becoming a member... Using his position in the church to imply that church leaders supported his views, he worked to create the impression that ... the increasingly frail (President David O.) Mckay, endorsed his activities." (Pg. 78)

They observe, "Years later, when (Nathan Eldon) Tanner became the financial leader of the church and counselor to four church presidents, questions were raised about Tanner's political philosophy.
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