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In 1857, over 100 men, women, and children in a wagon train from Arkansas were murdered in southern Utah by local settlers aided by Southern Paiute warriors. For 50 years, Mormon historian Juanita Brooks's The Mountain Meadows Massacre has been the standard work on the subject. Here, independent historian and Salt Lake Tribune columnist Bagley claims only to extend Brooks's work. But by using documents not available to Brooks and by following her example in pursuing the truth wherever it led him while not going beyond the available evidence, he confirms her private opinion that territorial Mormon leader and governor Brigham Young was heavily involved in both the massacre and its cover-up. In the process, Bagley has produced the new standard work on the massacre. This well-written and well-thought-out analysis is essential for all libraries with collections on the West or the Mormons.
Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I read this book anticipating an honest and unbiased treatment of an important and tragic event in Utah and Mormon history. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by NanaNeece
While the book is based on a real tragady in history I felt the book was written to sell books. Having studied this particular event and even visiting the sites I found several... Read morePublished on June 7 2004
If people are honestly reading this book, and taking it to heart to be a "true" "solid" book, worth reading, then they are just about as ignorant as Simon was... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by SoloBoshek
All that the author adds with this book are more conjectures based on arbitrary interpretation of phrases in documents, plus opinions that agree with his own, evident anti-mormon... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by Carlos A. Gonzalez
Will Bagley's "Blood of the Prophets" is a superb example of what real history should be---painstakingly researched, well-written, and capably topped off with original... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Jim Scott
I find this all interesting, but realistically the researchers could not possibly understand motives or true involvements into the massacre. Read morePublished on June 18 2003
Bagley wants to show that Brigham was involved in Mountain Meadows. He amasses tremendous amounts of evidence but the details and the trivia simply don't add up to convicting... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2003 by Dr. William Brace
Well, since there are so many excellent reviews already been written, there is little that I can add outside of this, I believed this book and the one by Juanita Brooks will... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by lordhoot