By Ed Breslin

He used to be a chippie. 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 came across the kingdom of Utah within the period of yankee show up 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 below his belt, he left a legacy of writings, letters and sermons that proceed to complement the learn 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 important moments and achievements. in contrast to different biographies, Breslin's account neither whitewashes nor sensationalizes Brigham Young's debatable lifestyles. Brigham Young is definitely the right primer on Young's tremendous and complex legacy.

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