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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2002 University of Oklahoma Press (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By TERRY A DELBENE author of 'Dem Bon'z on 08-31-15

Will Bagley Hits Another One Out of the Park

Would you consider the audio edition of Blood of the Prophets to be better than the print version?


Who was your favorite character and why?

Brigham Young

What aspect of Charles Henderson Norman’s performance would you have changed?

He needs to learn how to pronounce words like Lemhi.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked Will's handling of the background to the massacre.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Darren on 07-05-15

Magnificient History on the Mtn. Meadows Massacre

If you could sum up Blood of the Prophets in three words, what would they be?

Very well researched!

What other book might you compare Blood of the Prophets to and why?

Hard to compare as I haven't read others like this.

Have you listened to any of Charles Henderson Norman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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