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Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Jenkins Gordon
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Book Description

Few things capture our imaginations like true stories from the Old West. Throw religion into the mix, and you have the stuff of enduring legends. Mormons are known for honesty, integrity, morality, love of country, love of God, and love of fellowman hardly the one normally associates with outlaws. So it comes as a sort of shock to some that among the rough riding, horse stealing, cattle rustling, bank robbing, gun slinging outlaws of the Old West were a fair number of Mormons. In this entertaining volume you’ll get to know quite a few of these desperado Mormons. Some are household names like Butch Cassidy. Others you may be meeting for the first time. You’ll find out who’s who and what they did and where they hid. You’ll even get a peek at the Mormon lawmen who dedicated their lives to pursuing the Mormon outlaws.

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About the Author

THE MANAGING EDITOR AT COVENANT COMMUNICATIONS, Kathryn Jenkins Gordon has had thirty nine years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management. She has been a press secretary for a US Congressman vice president of a Salt Lake City publishing company manager of strategic communications for Novell, Inc., director of public relations at a private college in Salt Lake City and has held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations. Former president elect of the Association of Utah Publishers, she was also on the board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Utah County and the Constitutional Principles Policy Council. She has held membership in a number of local and national organizations and is the author or coauthor of more than eight dozen published books. A former member of Sigma Delta Chi, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America. Her interests include reading, writing, cooking, traveling, and doing family history. She has met five presidents of the United States, sailed up the Nile River, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, eaten tempura in Tokyo, and received a dozen long stemmed red roses from a stranger on the street in Athens. She and her husband, Glenn, parent a combined family of ten children and five grandchildren.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1619 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications; 1st edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor book July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the worst books I have read in a while. It reads like a 7th grade book report. It also contains abundant mistakes as mentioned by a previous reviewer. There is also a constant repetition of ideas and stories which seems designed to fill space in an already very short book. If you took out all the repetition the book would be about two chapters in length. It then concludes by saying there are many other "Mormon" outlaws with interesting stories. Then why weren't those included also? I guess it's just as well. I don't think I could have made it through any more chapters. I'm glad I got the book as a gift and didn't waste any money on it.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly lacking in accuracy May 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
On page 43, the author writes this about Butch Cassidy: "Cementing his place in the outlaw hall of fame, he was splashed across the silver screen by Hollywood producers, brought to life by a ruggedly handsome Robert Redford."

This, of course, is laughably incorrect. Everyone who has watched the movie--and even many who have not--knows that Paul Newman played Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford played the Sundance Kid. While this inaccuracy may seem trivial in the scheme of things, it is indicative of the author's tendency to play fast and loose with reality. This proclivity is revealed in the first sentence of the Introduction: "Mormon outlaws? The very phrase seems like an oxymoron." Gordon beats that silly drum repeatedly throughout the Introduction and Chapter One, promoting ad nauseum the flawed notion that we Mormons live on an elevated moral plane, thereby rendering the idea that a Mormon would break the law "an oxymoron." She even ends the Introduction with the absurd claim that "Ultimately, Utah's Mormon outlaws vanished. Today, they're the stuff of history books." That, too, is a ridiculous premise. Mormon lawbreakers are featured daily on the pages of Utah's newspapers.

The author does manage to pass along some marginally interesting and mildly entertaining information about Old West Outlaws of the Mormon persuasion. But her decidedly slanted approach and lack of mastery of the facts intrudes throughout. All in all, this is a book that should not be taken seriously. But, unfortunately, it will help perpetuate many commonly held but verifiably inaccurate beliefs about Mormon history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money!!! December 19, 2013
This book is horribly inaccurate. It make claims that are simply not true. The author did little to no research. A little could have gone a long way. It appears she had an idea and just compiled stuff to put this book out without checking facts or doing any research. The author even lifted a photo from Bill Betenson's book, "Butch Cassidy, My Uncle" without giving any credit.

A lot of claims are simply incorrect. Here are a couple for an example. The author states that Butch's best friend and fellow outlaw, Elzy Lay was raised a Mormon. The closest Elzy came to the Mormon church was married a Mormon girl for a short time. The author also claims Tom McCarty was a Mormon which is simply not true. Tom and his family nearly started an indian war in southern Utah and fled when rumors of Porter Rockwell coming leaked out. No mention of this was even made.

The author repeats herself often and the reader quickly becomes bored.
Save your money and spend it on a better book on Butch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Account January 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Fascinating tales of some of the old West outlaws that were also Mormons. One would expect the Mormons to be peaceful, and law abiding. This book tells it like it was in the pioneer West. Especially interesting were the accounts of Butch Cassidy and Orin Porter Rockwell.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribly awful! July 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is one of the biggest mistakes to ever be published. And if Ms. Jenkins Gordon edited her own writing, Covenant Communications needs to look for another managing editor. Her facts are seriously flawed, obvious from lack of any research as she could have gotten more accuracy from Wikipedia. Many of her dates are just guesses on her part as they are not historically true. She continually repeats stories; some with just wording changes, but others have the same main characters but with different outcomes or details. She puts places and people in geographically and chronologically wrong areas. I have seen old dime novels from the 19th century that were better written and held more truths.
Covenant Communications is dropping farther down the publishing charts with this writing (doesn't deserve to be called a book.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed and misleading September 14, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed on what I read especially about Porter Rockwell. He was never an outlaw and was a rather active member of the LDS Church. The author did not make a lot of sense about these Mormon sheriffs and I was very disappointed on what I read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far better books on Cassidy are available. February 6, 2014
Readers that are really interested in the outlaws exploits of Butch Cassidy and other Mormon outlaws should not purchase this book. A far superior book is "The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch". It was written by Charles Kelly and first published in 1938. Mr. Kelly traveled to the places mentioned in the book and personally interview surviving family and friends of Mr. Cassidy. It is the best and most authorative on the history of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch.(It is available for purchase on Amazon).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Recommend for all LDS members; very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Danny Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars every single one of us has a journey to take in this like.
I didn't think all those Mormons were all squeaky clean. Just goes to show, every single one of us has a journey to take in this like.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Liked the history behind the outlaws. Wife and I both enjoyed it. We would compare notes on it a lot
Published 4 months ago by Ronald Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved ever word and found the stories fascinating
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or who wants to relive the tales of the old west. I loved it.
Published 5 months ago by friend
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was an enjoyable book, and I would recommend it if you are interested in Mormon history. This was an interesting book.
Published 8 months ago by Molly
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite book
Why did the author want to concentrate on Mormon outlaws? Why not Baptist outlaws or Catholic outlaws or atheist outlaws? Read more
Published 11 months ago by RMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Butch Cassidy and Other Mormon Outlaws of the Old West
This is a very interesting book. Something fascinating to me was that a lot of the outlaws thought of themselves like Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Frances E. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a hit!
Man, I scored when I bought this. My father-in-law thinks I am the best daughter-in-law ever! He didn't put it down the whole time they were visiting for Christmas. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lacy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I'm still reading it, but so far it provides a good context for the history of Mormon outlaw activity in the late 19th century.
Published 18 months ago by Mike Raymond
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