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Brigham Young, Pioneer Prophet


Robert F. Smith

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Anyone heard about this new bIography?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/books/review/brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-by-john-g-turner.html?_r=1&ref=books

Alex Beam, "Latter-day Patriarch," review of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner,

But until he met Joseph Smith, Brigham ... was a 29-year-old transient nobody in upstate New York who "lived on the economic margins of his society," .... Young was indeed "maddeningly unpredictable." He swore like a sailor and prayed like a saint. He alternately made peace with Indian tribes and massacred them. He couldn't decide whether dancing was sinful; he permitted it one week and forbade it the next. ....

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Anyone heard about this new bIography?

http://www.nytimes.c...?_r=1&ref=books

Alex Beam, "Latter-day Patriarch," review of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner,

But until he met Joseph Smith, Brigham ... was a 29-year-old transient nobody in upstate New York who "lived on the economic margins of his society," .... Young was indeed "maddeningly unpredictable." He swore like a sailor and prayed like a saint. He alternately made peace with Indian tribes and massacred them. He couldn't decide whether dancing was sinful; he permitted it one week and forbade it the next. ....

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The Juvenile Instructor Blog is doing a roundtable discussion on it:

http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-a-round-table/

FWIW

Kevin Christensen

Bethel Park, PA

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Anyone heard about this new bIography?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/books/review/brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-by-john-g-turner.html?_r=1&ref=books

Alex Beam, "Latter-day Patriarch," review of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner,

But until he met Joseph Smith, Brigham ... was a 29-year-old transient nobody in upstate New York who "lived on the economic margins of his society," .... Young was indeed "maddeningly unpredictable." He swore like a sailor and prayed like a saint. He alternately made peace with Indian tribes and massacred them. He couldn't decide whether dancing was sinful; he permitted it one week and forbade it the next. ....

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John Dehlin did a podcast with him recently on Mormonstories.org and it covers alot of information from the book.
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I read the book a few weeks ago. It is one of the best biographies of Brigham Young around, and it rather honest and fair in his treatment of many of the more controversial issues (e.g. MMM). It is perhaps not the first book I would give a member of the Church who wanted to learn more about BY (my first pick would be "BY: American Moses" by Arrington), but it is perhaps the "Rough Stone Rolling" equivalent for BY.

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Anyone heard about this new bIography?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/books/review/brigham-young-pioneer-prophet-by-john-g-turner.html?_r=1&ref=books

Alex Beam, "Latter-day Patriarch," review of Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, by John G. Turner,

But until he met Joseph Smith, Brigham ... was a 29-year-old transient nobody in upstate New York who "lived on the economic margins of his society," .... Young was indeed "maddeningly unpredictable." He swore like a sailor and prayed like a saint. He alternately made peace with Indian tribes and massacred them. He couldn't decide whether dancing was sinful; he permitted it one week and forbade it the next. ....

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Odd that there is more to be said.
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Too many good books, too little money.

Other than Bushman's "Rough Stone Rooling" which had so much more info...what more can be said of other Prophet's...they were around much longer, other than Harold B. Lee, we had much more witnesses and better media. For instance Spencer W Kimball was written by a perfect source...his son Edward Kimball is memory serves. Maybe it was both sons.
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