Brigham Young: American Moses

Brigham Young: American Moses

by Leonard J. Arrington


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Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including documents, personal diaries, and private correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings Young to life as a towering yet fully human figure, the remarkable captain of his people and his church for thirty years, who combined piety and the pursuit of power to leave an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the culture of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows Massacre to the attempted preservation of Young’s Great Basin Kingdom, we are given a fresh understanding of the controversies that plagued Young in his contentious relations with the federal government. Brigham Young draws its subject out of the marginal place in history to which the conventional wisdom has assigned him, and sets him squarely in the American mainstream, a figure of abiding influence in our society to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345803214
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 768,565
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Leonard J. Arrington wrote several books on Mormon history and the American West, including Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900 (1958) and, co-authored with Davis Bitton, The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (1979). A regular contributor to many scholarly journals, he received a number of awards. Professor Arrington taught at North Carolina State, UCLA, Utah State University, and as the Lemuel Redd Professor of Western History at Brigham Young University. He served as Director of the History Division of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

Prologue: "A Portly, Frank, Good-natured … Man" 3

1 Boyhood in Vermont and New York 7

2 Conversion and Commitment 19

3 Ardent Disciple, 1832-1834 31

4 Apostle 47

5 The Missouri Interlude 62

6 The British Mission 79

7 Nauvoo 98

8 City of Joseph 113

9 The Pioneer Trek to the Great Basin 130

10 To Zion, 1848 153

11 The Colonizer President 167

12 President of the Church 192

13 Indians: Friendship and Caution 210

14 Governor of Utah 223

15 The "Invasion" of Utah 250

16 Babylon Wars: Zion Grows 272

17 Governor and Counselor 302

18 Public Image and Private Reality 322

19 Protecting the Kingdom 342

20 Responding to the Challenges of the 1870s 363

21 The Last Year 382

Epilogue: Beyond Eulogy: The Legacy of Brigham Young 402

Appendixes 411

Notes and References 431

Bibliographical Essay 500

Index 511

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Brigham Young: American Moses 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
markbstephenson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Find out about the amazing person behind Conan Doyle's unintentionally slanderous, cardboard portrayal in A Study in Scarlet. My only regret is that the one-volume format made it impossible for the very able Arrington to include much, much more of Brother Brigham's wit, wisdom, and impromptu eloquence. One of America's most outstanding leaders by any measure, he makes Mitt Romney and many others look like latter-day pygmies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!  I am so inspired by Brigham Young and his yearning for Zion!  I couldn't put it down!  Leonard J. Arrington did an amazing job!  5 Stars!!!
sheep More than 1 year ago
It will help a great deal to be a Mormon to appreciate this book and don't expect any theology either.Just the endless chronical of what a spunky, good guy Brigham was in spite of his contrived and thoroughly corrupted religion.