By Ed Breslin
He used to be a wood worker. A visionary. A governor. A prophet. A pioneer. A preacher. A businessman. A temple-builder.
Brigham younger loomed huge in a tumultuous time. He helped discovered the nation of Utah within the period of yankee happen future. He rallied hundreds of thousands round Mormonism, a brand new religion with robust detractors who attempted to stamp it out within the cities and villages the place its groups sprang up. With slightly a dozen days of formal schooling less than his belt, he left a legacy of writings, letters and sermons that proceed to complement the research of the Mormon Church and the period of yank Western expansion.
In Brigham Young, Ed Breslin distills Young's larger-than-life tale right into a concise, readable biography that makes a speciality of his most crucial moments and achievements. not like different biographies, Breslin's account neither whitewashes nor sensationalizes Brigham Young's arguable existence. Brigham Young is the correct primer on Young's enormous and intricate legacy.
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Brigham Young: A Concise Biography of the Mormon Moses by Ed Breslin