Blood of the Prophets

  • by Will Bagley
  • Narrated by Charles Henderson Norman
  • 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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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.
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- david dunn

Will Bagley Hits Another One Out of the Park

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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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- TERRY A DELBENE author of 'Dem Bon'z "author of 'Dem Bon'z"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks