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5.0 out of 5 stars updates brooks, September 30, 2008
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This review is from: Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Paperback)
i found a reference to this in re-reading Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven. Juanita Brooks' Mountain Meadows Massacre had been, for me, the bible about these doings. Bagley has gained access to additional information (eg, letters, meeting notes, etc) and fleshes out the context of the ongoing disputes (from the midwest to the west) in a thorough way, giving me a better understanding of both perspectives. It is a more "academic" book than Brooks'; I wouldn't dispense with either.

Just FYI, my interest in this is based on the decade-plus later murder of the Howland brothers and Bill Dunn* in the "wardhouse" in Toquerville, Utah, on the supposition that they were investigating the MM Massacre. I was disappointed that Bagley didn't get into this.

*the Howlands and Dunn had left the Powell expedition through the Grand Canyon.
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Initial post: May 3, 2009 1:15:04 PM PDT
Dana Walker says:
Hello M. Baker. I am very interested in the Howland brothers and Bill Dunn murders. I am having a hard time finding any information about the Mormon connections, and I would appreciate any links or information you could provide. Email direct a danappofc@hotmail.com.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 8:09:43 PM PST
Dana Walker says:
Wow, I had forgotten I had even asked this, and I just stumbled upon it again. I am writing a novel wherein the Mountain Meadows Massacre plays a prominent role. This was why I was interested. I am just finishing up the novel now, and I will be sure to check out Ms. Brooks' work before finishing. If you would like a copy, I will be happy to mail you one.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012 12:54:01 PM PST
A. Pulsipher says:
Regarding the Howlands and Dunn of the Powell Party, and the supposed murder of them by "Mormons" as referenced by Krakauer, please see my expansive exploration of this in my review of First Through Grand Canyon: the secret journals & letters of the 1869 crew who explored the Green & Colorado rivers. A much better book on Mountain Meadows is found with Leonard, Turley and Walkers Massacre At Mountain Meadows by Oxford University Press.
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