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About Larry E. Morris
B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in American literature, both from Brigham Young University. Larry is the editor and compiler of A Documentary History of the Book of Mormon (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is also the author of The Fate of the Corps: What Became of the Lewis and Clark Explorers after the Expedition, a History Book Club selection favorably reviewed by such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Montana: The Magazine of Western History. Morris is one of six authors whose work on Lewis and Clark is recommended by Encyclopedia Britannica. Choice said Fate "ranks among the best books in the crowded world of Lewis and Clark hagiography." In his recent book In the Wake of Lewis and Clark, Larry complements the compelling story begun in The Fate of the Corps. He is also the author of The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail (Starred Review from Library Journal) and co-author of The Mystery of John Colter: The Man Who Discovered Yellowstone (called a "definitive biography" by Booklist), both from Rowman & Littlefield. Morris has published three popular-history books with Deseret Book, the best-selling publisher in Utah. The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake and Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper in Idaho: An Enduring Friendship were both published by the History Press. See his personal website at www.larrymorrisauthor.com
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Experience the epic earthquake that shook up Yellowstone and the rescue effort that ensued.
At 11:37 p.m. on August 17, 1959, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake rocked Montana's Yellowstone country. In an instant, an entire mountainside fractured and thundered down onto the sites of unsuspecting campers. The mammoth avalanche generated hurricane-force winds ahead of it that ripped clothing from backs and heaved tidal waves in both directions of the Madison River Canyon. More than two hundred vacationers trapped in the canyon feared the dam upstream would burst. As debris and flooding overwhelmed the river, injured victims frantically searched the darkness for friends and family. Acclaimed historian Larry Morris tells the gripping minute-by-minute saga of the survivors who endured the interminable night, the first responders who risked their lives and the families who waited days and weeks for word of their missing loved ones.
In the autumn of 1940, two icons of American culture met in Sun Valley, Idaho—writer Ernest Hemingway and actor Gary Cooper. Although “Hem” was known as brash, larger-than-life, and hard-drinking and “Coop” as courteous, non-confrontational, and taciturn, the two became good friends. And though they would see each other over the years in Hollywood, Cuba, New York, and Paris, it was to Idaho they always returned. Here they hunted together, waded through marshes, and hiked sagebrush-covered hills, sometimes talking and sometimes not, but continually forging a close comradeship.
That bond sustained them through the highs and lows of stardom, through personal trials and triumphs, and from their first conversation to their deaths seven weeks apart in 1961. Here, historian Larry Morris celebrates the story of that unforgettable friendship.
“Combines adventure, mystery, and tragedy . . . a ‘Who’s Who’ of explorers who opened the pathway for an ocean-to-ocean America.” —St. Joseph News-Press (Missouri)
The story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition has been told many times. But what became of the thirty-three members of the Corps of Discovery once the expedition was over?
The expedition ended in 1806, and the final member of the corps passed away in 1870. In the intervening decades, members of the corps witnessed the momentous events of the nation they helped to form—from the War of 1812 to the Civil War and the opening of the transcontinental railroad. Some of the expedition members went on to hold public office; two were charged with murder. Many of the explorers could not resist the call of the wild and continued to adventure forth into America’s western frontier.
Engagingly written and based on exhaustive research, The Fate of the Corps chronicles the lives of the fascinating men (and one woman) who opened the American West.
“A fascinating afterword to the expedition . . . demands inclusion in the canon of essential Lewis and Clark books.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Succinct, clear style . . . The diverse fates of the members of the expedition . . . give the feel of a Greek epic.”—Santa Fe New Mexican
This book distills hundreds of interesting facts of Mormonism into twelve categories of lists - Church history, General Authorities, missionaries, scriptures, and contemporary theses such as women, art, entertainment, and athletes. Use this facts-in-a-jiffy book for “gospel games,” to enliven lessons and talks, and for sheer pleasure reading.
The scores of documents transcribed and annotated in this book include family histories, journal entries, letters, affidavits, reminiscences, interviews, newspaper articles, and book extracts, as well as revelations dictated in the name of God. From these texts emerges the captivating story of what happened (and what was believed or rumored to have happened) between September 1823-when the seventeen-year-old farm boy Joseph Smith announced that an angel of God had directed him to an ancient book inscribed on gold plates-and March 1830, when the Book of Mormon was first published. By compiling for the first time a substantial collection of both first- and secondhand accounts relevant to the inception of the divine revelation-or clever fraud-that launched a new world religion, A Documentary History makes a significant contribution to the rapidly growing field of Mormon Studies.
In this book, Larry E. Morris complements the compelling story he began with The Fate of Corps, named a History Book Club selection and a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title. Illustrating how Thomas Jefferson’s vision of a sea-to-sea empire gave rise to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Morris in turn shows how the expedition impacted a host of fascinating individuals: John Colter, the first European to see Yellowstone, who helped William Clark create his master map of the West; John Jacob Astor, the prominent fur-trade entrepreneur who launched the second American trek to the Pacific; Ramsay Crooks, an “Astorian” adventurer present for the discovery of the Tetons, Hells Canyon, and South Pass who later became one of the most important merchants in the history of the fur trade; Thomas Hart Benton, a North Carolina native who went west after nearly killing Andrew Jackson in a gunfight and became the US Senate’s most powerful voice for Western expansion—and the father-in-law of “the Pathfinder,” John C. Fremont; and General Stephen Watts Kearny, whose conquest of California during the Mexican War fulfilled Jefferson’s vision of a nation that spanned the continent.
In this rare collection, author Larry E. Morris reveals startling true experiences in a 'rest-of-the-story' format that will keep you guessing as each tale unfolds. Who was responsible for the tragic accident that caused his younger brother's blindness? Which general Relief Society president endured the loss of her eldest son in a violent Indian attack? Who tenderly cared for her deaf sister during the last twenty-five years of her life while shouldering enormous responsibilities as the wife of a Church president? Each story recalls a forgotten fact from Church history and provides a lesson in faith, courage, and determination.
Well documented and presented, And Now You Know opens little-known corners of the past, providing an interesting and personal look at experiences of prominent members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like Brother Morris's previous book, A Treasury of Latter-day Saint Letters, And Now You Know offers excellent material for talks and lessons, encouragement in times of difficulty, and the pure joy of inspiring reading.