Denton's work is well-written, but that is the best that can be said of it. It relies principally on old secondary sources, many of which have no attribution to primary sources.
One example of the books' biggest defects is its central conclusion that the Paiute Indians did not participate in the massacre. Relying upon the very same Dimick Huntington diary which Will Bagley uses in Blood of the Prophets to prove that the Indians participated in the massacre, Denton uses the diary to argue the Indians didn't participate.
Denton misses a major piece of one of the earliest official government reports, from Indian agent Garland Hurt (a bitter enemy of Brigham Young), who hears about… Read more