Save Big On Open-Box & Preowned: Buy "Massacre at Mountain Meadows” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 51% off the $35.00 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Preowned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Massacre at Mountain Meadows Hardcover – August 19, 2008
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved."
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
Massacre at Mountain Meadows is, as has been pointed out by other reviews, written by 3 faithful Mormons. However, they do not hide any fact, no matter how poorly it reflects on the Mormons of the time. For instance, concerning Brigham Young they write: "We believe errors were made by . . . Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders, . . . and most of all by settlers in southern Utah who set aside principles of their faith to commit an atrocity. At each point along the chain of acts and decisions--especially in Iron and Washington Counties--a single personal choice or policy might have brought a different result" (p. xiv). The "errors" committed by "Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders" are not glossed over, or hidden behind the skirts of any LDS public relations committee. The men who wrote this book completely admit and demonstrate, through their writing, that the culpability for the murders can never be placed at the feet on one particular person. Indeed, the writers allow the reader to determine, by a full disclosure of facts, how much blame Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders deserve for the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Though the three men who wrote this book are faithful LDS members, they condemn the Mormon murderers and absolve the Arkansas emigrants: "The emigrants did not deserve what eventually happened to them at Mountain Meadows.Read more ›
I also found that the authors went to great effort to provide the political and social context of the event for both sides. This does not so much excuse anyone's conduct as it provides the reader an understanding of a tumultuous time set just a few brief years before the nation was torn apart in civil war.
As to some of the less academic and more emotional reviews seen here, ignore them. This is both a good historical treatment of the event and a great read.
It is to these individuals and the culture of the times that three LDS authors have turned, using church archives, to paint a fair pciture of what took place that day and in the time leading up to it. The Mormons had been persecuted when they had lived peacefully in Missouri and the old Northwest. There different ways, of polygamy, and their new religion, set them apart. Their prophet was murdered and their people driven from one place to another. When Utah beckoned as a promised land it was no surprise that many were annoyed to find that following close on their heals were the same people who had driven them out of Nauvoo and other settlements.
Anger and resentment turned to revenge, against people who certainly did not deserve revenge. This book paints a good picture of this clash of cultures and the massacre that resulted. A truly important contribution to the history of the American West.
Seth J. Frantzman
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written book that provides a detailed account of what happened during this tragic event.Published 20 days ago by Riley Refuerzo
It is evident that a lot of time, effort and collaboration went into this work. Careful attention to detail was evident from start to finish. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott Bowden
The affair absolutely was an atrocity; it was horrid. But this book gives fair, honest minds more than they would get with Bagley's or Denton's fast & loose propaganda. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Glen M. Danielsen
I brought this book home from the mail box on Wednesday and devoured it over the next two days. I literally could not and did not put it down . . . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Phil Stover
Considering there are so many stories about this historical event, this book has a lot of information.Published 9 months ago by Kathy