History of the Saints (Hardcover)
The Great Mormon Exodus and the Establishment of Zion(edit)
by Glenn Rawson, Dennis Lyman, Bryant Bush, William G. Hartley (Editor)
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From the creators of the critically acclaimed television documentary series History of the Saints comes this richly illustrated companion book, a poignant chronicle of the journey of the early Saints as they charted a course from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley. This epic depiction of one of the most notable exoduses in history details pivotal moments in the journey west, beginning with the martyrdom of Joseph Smith in June 1844 and culminating in the Saints' contribution to westward expansion. The authors detail the successes and failures of the pioneers, whose vision of the future took them beyond the American West into Mexico, Canada, and Hawaii in their quest to establish Zion.
History of the Saints: The Great Mormon Exodus and the Establishment of Zion masterfully depicts the trials and triumphs of early members of the Church through discussion by top scholars in LDS history, including William G. Hartley, Susan Easton Black, Sherman L. Fleek, Richard E. Bennett, Michael N. Landon, Ronald O. Barney, W. Randall Dixon, Ronald W. Walker, and Thomas G. Alexander. These experts present the latest in historical research alongside striking images that bring to life the people and places made famous—and infamous—by the exodus of the Mormon pioneers.
- Size: 9 x 12
- Pages: 288
- Published: 10/2012
About the Authors
Glenn Rawson has been a teacher and storyteller for years and since 1997 has been telling inspirational stories on radio and television. He worked as writer, producer, and host of the Joseph Smith Papers television series. Currently he is part of the production team of the new History of the Saints television documentary series.
Dennis Lyman worked with Wilford Brimley and Dean May to produce the seven-part series, Utah Remembers, and worked on four ninety-minute documentaries on early pioneer temples of Utah. He helped produce Tongue Nor Pen Can Tell the Sorrow, shown at the Devil’s Gate and Martin’s Cove visitors center. Dennis was involved shooting the interviews, images, and documents for the Joseph Smith Papers television series and is currently the producer and videographer of the History of the Saints television documentary series.
Editor and artist Bryant Bush has worked on many Utah video projects since transplanting himself there many years ago. Although he once thought himself without Mormon pioneer heritage, since becoming part of the History of the Saints production team, he has learned that he has some very prominent pioneer ancestors including some close ties to leadership of the Mormon Battalion.
William G. Hartley is an associate professor of history at the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at BYU and past president of the Mormon History Association. He has written many articles and books and is helping to edit the Joseph Smith papers for publication.
Title should be an 'Illustrated' guide rather than a 'History' of the Saints
by Debra - reviewed on November 15, 2012
How can you create a coffee table size book about the Mormon trek West, selling for $40, fully illustrated in color with 282 pages and NOT put in a map of the route??? Some editor really missed that one! The book is also missing an index in the back to look up names and places (though each chapter has endnotes of referenced sources which is helpful). For a supposed historical text, it is really lacking. But, seeing as it is from the creators of the TV documentary of the same name, seems this is a much more 'visual' companion volume to the series rather than a stand-alone book. The one thing it has going for it (and that takes up about half of the book) is full page illustrations, portraits of early leaders, line drawings and artist concept paintings and sketches of pioneer scenes. If you like that kind of large format artwork in place of historical content, then I highly recommend this book to you. But if, like me, you were looking for a simply illustrated 'history' of the trek, as the title states, look elsewhere!
Beautiful and Accessible
by Customer - reviewed on December 03, 2012
I love this book because it is beautiful and accessible. Its appearances are a little deceptive. At first glimpse it looks simply like a pictorial but it's far more than that. If one actually reads the text I'm sure they'll learn a lot they didn't know before about the pioneers. Sure, it's probably not exhaustive, but if it were, it would probably have to be a scholarly tome that the average person wouldn't take the time to read. I like the fact that it invites you into the history with beautiful imagery and stories.
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