"Stegner combines a great amount of information and lively comment with fine description of one of the most beautiful and least known regions of the United States."Boston Globe.
Where others saw only sage, a salt lake, and a great desert, the Mormons saw their "lovely Deseret," a land of lilacs, honeycombs, poplars, and fruit trees. Unwelcome in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, they migrated to the dry lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon country, a wasteland made green. Like the land the Mormons settled, their habits stood in stark contrast to the frenzied recklessness of the American West. Opposed to the often prodigal individualism of the West, Mormons lived in closely knitsome say ironcladcommunities. The story of Mormon country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory of the American West. Richard W. Etulain provides a new introduction to this edition.
While this book is somewhat dated, many of the themes or traits Stegner explores in "Mormon Country" are still evident today, albeit in a more muted form. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Eddington
Wallace Stegner was a fine writer and a fair historian; his best work nearly rivals DeVoto for excitement, for commitment to historical truth, for poetry. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jnbeach
I loved the historical information. There was a lot that I found out about Utah and the Mormons. I didn't know before this why Utah was named the Beehive State.Published 20 months ago by Inquiring Mind
Mormon Country, first published in 1942, is my first Stegner work and I quite enjoyed it. Being a jack-Mormon in Utah, but with a strong sense of my heritage and love for my state,... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Iosephus Bibliothecarius
This book first written in 1942 would have been still fairly current history and that is what this book. An outsiders look at how Utah became. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Shellie Drage
Wallace Stegner does not disappoint. This book is an informative and fascinating, if informal, history of the West. For me, a page turner.Published on November 11, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed reading Wallace Stegnar's stories of Mormon Country a lot and I will be reading many more of his historical novels.Published on April 23, 2012 by J. Thompson