The massacre at Mountain Meadows on September 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the 30-year history of the Oregon and California trails. Yet it has been all but forgotten. Will Bagley's Blood of the Prophets is an award-winning, riveting account of the attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train by Mormons in the local militia and a few Paiute Indians. Based on extensive investigation of the events surrounding the murder of over 120 men, women, and children, and drawing from a wealth of primary sources, Bagley explains how the murders occurred, reveals the involvement of territorial governor Brigham Young, and explores the subsequent suppression and distortion of events related to the massacre by the Mormon Church and others.
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"For 50 years, Mormon historian Juanita Brooks's The Mountain Meadows Massacre has been the standard work on the subject. Here, Bagley claims only to extend Brooks' work. This well-written and well-thought-out analysis is essential for all libraries with collections on the West or the Mormons." (Library Journal)
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"Will Bagley Hits Another One Out of the Park"
He needs to learn how to pronounce words like Lemhi.
I liked Will's handling of the background to the massacre.
Will Bagley is the best historian of the Western Trails since Dale Morgan. This is a very important book and lays to rest many of the myths perpetuated about this historic event.
"Excellent work and very interesting end chapters"
Good follow up on the modern aftermath of the massacre by Mormons of the Francher wagon train. Why good people do terrible things for lies.
"The Mormons are shown to be complicit in the execution of the Mountain Meadows massacre."
This book goes into great detail to help the reader understand many of the facets of the Mountain Meadows massacre.
This book is very well done.
The Narrater has a strong and very strident voice, it was hard to listen to the book entirely done in this strong strident voice.
"balanced and fair"
I enjoyed the book. the narrator miss pronounced some of the distinctly Mormon words (Limhi and others) but I love his tone and accent. the author seemed to include all the facts at hand at the time and explained them in plain terms without an attempt to divert blame.
"Magnificient History on the Mtn. Meadows Massacre"
Very well researched!
Hard to compare as I haven't read others like this.
No this is the first one. His narration took me a little while to get used to, but it grew on me steadily and and throughly enjoyed his presentation in the end. Very well read.
No this wasn't possible as it was a long book, and it contained a lot of factual detail and historical reference. If I had 20 hours free one day I certainly would have tried.
I would like to compliment the author Will Bagley on a magnificient acheivement in writing this book. It was absolutely brimming with well researched details, and seemed very even handed in both it's criticisms of the massacre and it's considerations on the events to lead to it. Anyone with the slightest inerest in LDS history or older US history in general should defiately read this book. Brilliant.
This is an unbiased review given in exchange for a copy of the above book.
"religion is dangerous"
this account only goes to show how dispicable and dangerous any religion can be. how many people have suffered and died in this world throughout history because of a stupid belief of an afterlife. sold to them by a MAN. living things die that's what happens grow up and except the fact one day YOU will not exist. It's nature, it's ok to be afraid of death , but to exploit other people's fear of death is disgusting. humans need to stop this crazy religious fantasy or the race is doomed. All religions are a giant hinderence on the advancement of civilization.
"Great book about a sad story"
damn crying shame
The fact that so much of it takes place in the area that I live.
His narration was really good, and made it seem first hand.
no, not really
This is such a sad story that more people should know about. It was especially interesting for me, as I live in this area. It was something I had always heard of, but didn't know many details about. I learned so much about this area, and the history of my town.
"Good story, so-so narrator"
The story itself was very interesting. I have read other books on the subject and I thought Bagley's book was well researched and well written.
Norman didn't really differentiate the characters at all. I had a hard time listening to the book because of his accent and pronunciation.
For the story yes, but not with this narrator.
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