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Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet di [Turner, John G.]
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Young's life is admirably chronicled in this fine new biography The character who emerges from Turner's elegantly written and well-researched biography is a man for whom the word 'protean' might almost have been invented. He became one of the foremost colonizers of American history, leading the Mormons on a perilous journey to the Great Basin and laying claim to approximately a sixth of the western United States Turner shows [Young] to be a shrewd and subtle politician Turner's story never drags, partly because the tale itself is so fascinating, but also because he writes with clarity and energy. --Richard Aldous"Irish Times" (09/22/2012)"


Brigham Young was a rough-hewn New York craftsman whose impoverished life was electrified by the Mormon faith. Turner provides a fully realized portrait of this spiritual prophet, viewed by followers as a protector and by opponents as a heretic. His pioneering faith made a deep imprint on tens of thousands of lives in the American Mountain West.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Harvard University Press (25 settembre 2012)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0099SDC7C
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5.0 su 5 stelle Brigham Young, Above all A Human Being 10 gennaio 2015
Di Jared Christopher McCann - Pubblicato su
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As a former Mormon who is still sympathetic to the church and values the culture of Mormonism, I think this is probably the best biography of any church leader I have ever read. It is scholarly, well researched, and even sympathetic to Brigham's tenure. A real revelation comes in the analysis of the effect of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith on Brigham. If nothing else, that death galvanized him into the stalwart, a defender of Joseph with all his foibles. BY transformed from the kind fatherly missionary to the fanatic and irreverent religionist without whom the Utah Church would most likely have gone the way of the Strangites or the RLDS, just another minor sect within the pantheon of American religions. This book has nothing to do with the veracity of the doctrinal message of Mormonism, but everything to do with the climate of the times. BY was a rude man with a filthy mouth, a racist misogynist, but of the times. He was deluded with his own power, yet understandably affected by the trials he had been through. And he was faithful. Say what you want about Joseph Smith and Mormonism, but no one can deny Brigham's faithfulness to Joseph and to the Church. I cannot hope to condemn him, for I shall never walk in his shoes. The struggles and demands were astronomical, so how could he have been otherwise than what he was? That being said it becomes quite clear, without Dr Turner even saying it, that BY knew every single thing that went on in this mountain theocracy. He was the ultimate micro(mis)manager. You cannot escape the possibility that he knew about the multiple murders performed by John D Lee, Bill Hickman and Porter Rockwell. The stories we were told as children about Brigham crying over the Mountain Meadows Massacre reveal themselves as apocryphal and even untrue. BY is embarrassing with his Adam God theories and his blood atonement realities. I have never liked him, but I dislike him less after reading this book. Brigham was a fallible man, carried away with his destiny and self importance. In the same situation I would be too.
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5.0 su 5 stelle The definitive biography of Brigham Young 7 novembre 2013
Di Gene Rhea Tucker - Pubblicato su
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This is an excellent biography of Brigham Young. It's not a theological polemic, it isn't a hagiography, it is an even-handed and scholarly narrative account of his life. Turner mines archives, old books, church records, and the like to paint a vivid, vibrant, and engaging picture of a man who was just as influential as Joseph Smith in sustaining the Mormon church. Turner does a good job, too, of giving just enough background detail of nineteenth-century US history for any reader (lay or scholar) to understand how Young fits in with the culture of his day. For instance, the typical Yankee anti-black racism of the day, and how that finds its way into Young's treatment of African Americans. How the Second Great Awakening had a bent towards "spiritual gifts" like speaking in tongues, and how Young utilized tongues. And so on.

This definitely isn't a screed against Mormonism. Turner goes out of his way to be fair to Mormon believers and anti-Mormon critics, and he assiduously and neutrally gives Young's opinions and points-of-view. So, if you're looking for a theological attack against Mormonism and Young, look elsewhere. So too, if you're a Mormon looking for a comforting biography of a man you consider a latter-day prophet, seer, and revelator, this book will be jarring. Though Turner is a fair-minded, even-handed biographer, it still comes through these pages that Mormonism lies upon a shaky foundation (e.g. the Book of Mormon is contradicted by later Mormon teachings); that Young may have embraced polygamy for less than heavenly motives; that Young can claim the Adam-God doctrine is God-given, but it fails to become a tenet of Mormonism; that he can lie and cajole others to worm his way out of bad news or prosecutions (he was determined to not die the death of Joseph Smith); he swore, held grudges, and drank tea in defiance of the Word of Wisdom; etc. etc. etc. [Full disclosure: I am not a Mormon.]

Still it is well-researched, well-cited, thorough, and engaging. It doesn't ever really drag or bore. It stands as the definitive biography of Brigham Young, and is, I think, an essential purchase for buyers who are interested in the history of the US in the 1800s, religion in the US, or the history of Mormonism.
4.0 su 5 stelle Great historical perspective of Brigham and his influence on Mormonism and his place in history. 18 settembre 2016
Di Phil - Pubblicato su
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This is a great perspective from a historical and non-Mormon perspective. If you are looking for insight into Brigham's spiritual relationship with the saints and the Lord, this isn't the book for you. If you want a blow by blow account of his interaction with his conversion, missionary work, conflict with Washington and his building of a kingdom then you came to the right place. This book have me greater insight into how Mormons and Brigham were viewed as the restoration and building up of the church progressed under his leadership.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Five Stars 10 marzo 2016
Di MYRON MN - Pubblicato su
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Super New Information....up to date Bio of our "Favorite" Mormon---Worth the $!
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5.0 su 5 stelle I love history and loved reading this piece 13 gennaio 2017
Di dad of five - Pubblicato su
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This book is well done. I could not put it down. I love history and loved reading this piece. Curious as to why the lds church allowed him to see documents that were never seen before.
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