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Massacre at Mountain Meadows Hardcover – August 19, 2008
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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.
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 am not a Mormon, but I have read several books about the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and this is, by far, the best. Some books have told both sides of the story, but without a lot of detail. Others have gone into so much detail, and so many facts, that it makes for very dry reading. This book describes not only the massacre, the events leading up to it, and the people involved, but tells how the Mormons got started and their persecution in Missouri and Illinois, and the beginning of the fated Arkansas wagon train. It tells about the troubles they had along the trail. The facts are interspersed with short stories that make the book more readable.
I particularly liked the prolific maps, paintings and portraits throughout the book, but almost rated the book a 4 due to the fact that no zoom feature was incorporated in the Kindle version. But then I decided that the book deserved a 5 regardless of this one shortcoming.
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Very well written book that provides a detailed account of what happened during this tragic event.Published 6 months 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 10 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 Will Bagley's or Sally Denton's fast & loose... Read morePublished 11 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 11 months ago by Phil Stover
Considering there are so many stories about this historical event, this book has a lot of information.Published 15 months ago by Kathy