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Massacre at Mountain Meadows

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  • Posted February 7, 2009

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    Does a disservice to Mormon history

    This book is sheer apologia for the modern day LDS Church. As a Mormon writer and historian myself, I was very disappointed with this book. What can one say about ANY book on the subject of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, 1850's Utah history or the 1857 Mormon War that contains only one reference to Brigham Young's doctrine of Blood Atonement. That doctrine was the theological justification for the Massacre itself. And while it is certainly up for debate as to exactly how much Brigham Young knew of plans to carry out the massacre, it is BEYOND DISPUTE that the massacre itself was an official action of the LDS Church in Cedar City.<BR/>It was the Cedar City Priesthood High Council that planned and executed the murders of over 100 civilians, then stole their belongs (including some clothing and jewelry from some victims' bodies) and placed mahy of these items in the LDS Bishop's Storehouse in cedar City. From the beginning to the end, the entire massacre was an official action of the highest LDS CHURCH OFFICIALS in Cedar City. Anyone at all familiar with LDS Church government knows that it has always had a "from the top down chain of command." Local Priesthood authorities are not now--and in the 1850s certainly were not--independent governing bodies.<BR/><BR/>"Blood of the Prophets" is a much better and more thorough study. Granted the LDS Church of the 1850's and Brigham Young do not come off well.<BR/><BR/>But given the facts, perhaps they should not. <BR/><BR/>the US government labels the Mountain Meadows Massacre as the worst act of terrorism in US history prior to the 1990's Oklahoma City Bombing. That the Massacre took place on 9/11 (1857) is also chilling.<BR/><BR/>"American Massacre" is a better book on the subject--though it is a bit to skewed against the LDS Church.<BR/><BR/>Juanita Brooke's classic "The Mountain Meadows Massacre" is still the definiative book. Brooke was an life-long active LDS Church member who grew up in Cedar City. She began to research the massacre and the LDS Church's cover up of it when, as a young woman, knew the men who participated--and who wwere haunted all their lives.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Best historical account

    A very thourough accounting of the events, emotions, historical context and tragedy that came together on that fateful day. After much research I found this account of the participants and motives most accurate.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    Excellent and Informing.

    Beautifully written, and holds you throughout the book. A sad and riveting true story; it shows just what the early Mormons were really made of. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

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    A great book, ripe with history.

    This was an amazing book. I have lived in Utah my whole life and was not even aware of this massacre happening. The authors give a great backround on what was happening in Utah around that time. They also give a good account of the immagrants that were massacred. This is a great book if you are looking for an unbiased version of what happened at Mountain Meadows and this book is so well written you can't put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone inside or outside of Utah.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    A Well-Researched, Gripping True Rendition of a Misunderstood Event!!!!

    In this new, more complete and accurate telling of a most misunderstood time in Mormon History, we get to get inside the researchers/authors heads to understand how this most horrific tragedy occurred and why. The authors take us back to the early days of The Church, when we were persecuted for our beliefs and driven from their homes, women even raped. In the mid 19th Century, times were rough on the trail for the Mormons, having to contend with Indians, the elements, disease, the Military and all they could think of was getting to the Salt Lake Valley. This horrible tragedy took the lives of 120 men, women and children as they were gunned down execution style. For the Mormon people, they were afraid for their lives when emigrants came through their setlements on their way to California. These emigrants would taunt and threaten the Mormons and were worried about the soldiers coming to stir up things. It wasn't until I was reading the names of the Militiamen, that I found that two of my ancestors were involved. Luckily, they were not involved in any of the murders. This is the third book on this subject and feel this current rendition is the best by far, as it doesn't try to sugarcoat what happened or point fingers. If you haven't heard of this tragedy, I would recommend you read this book. It's a riveting story, one you couldn't imagine happening. It's interesting that the date this occured was 9/11, but in 1857.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2008

    Massacre at Mountain Meadows insightful

    The authors have made a valid attempt to bring the Mountain Meadows tragedy to light amongst LDS readers. Many may find further questions about the tragedy and open up more honest opinions on the subject. This book will educate the LDS regarding their own religion in early Mormon history as well as bring some justice for misrepresentations of the event by Church leaders. The welcomed goal of the book would be to accept today's LDS religion as notably an outstanding Christian religion that has matured from past teachings and inperfections to one of honor and respect world wide

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    This book is an absolutely amazing account of this tragic moment

    This book is an absolutely amazing account of this tragic moment in history.  Very objective, incredibly thorough, and provides the appropriate context for understanding the event(s) in a non-apologist manner.  I couldn't recommend it more highly; you will gain an understanding of pioneer life well beyond just the events of the massacre itself.   As a non-LDS individual wanting to understand the culture of the time, I found this to be invaluable. 

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    Posted October 28, 2008

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