We are very excited to announce that D. Michael Quinn, author of the highly-anticipated Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power (published by Signature Books), will be here Wednesday, October 25 to speak about and sign copies of his book. He will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 (we anticipate a large crowd so arriving early is highly recommended) and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

Early in the twentieth century, it was possible for Latter-day Saints to have lifelong associations with businesses managed by their leaders or owned and controlled by the church itself. For example, one could purchase engagement rings from Daynes Jewelry, honeymoon at the Hotel Utah, and venture off on the Union Pacific Railroad, all partially owned and run by church apostles.

Families could buy clothes at Knight Woolen Mills. The husband might work at Big Indian Copper or Bullion-Beck, Gold Chain, or Iron King mining companies. The wife could shop at Utah Cereal Food and buy sugar supplied by Amalgamated or U and I Sugar, beef from Nevada Land and Livestock, and vegetables from the Growers Market. They might take their groceries home in parcels from Utah Bag Co. They probably read the Deseret News at home under a lamp plugged into a Utah Power and Light circuit. They could take out a loan from Zion’s Co-operative and insurance from Utah Home and Fire.

The apostles had a long history of community involvement in financial enterprises to the benefit of the general membership and their own economic advantage. This volume is the result of the author’s years of research into LDS financial dominance from 1830 to 2010.

D. Michael Quinn was an award-winning professor at BYU and is now an independent historian. He is the author of several seminal books and articles that have received awards from the American Historical Association, John Whitmer Historical Association, and Mormon History Association.


The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth & Corporate Power. Signature Books. 597pp. Hardback. $49.95


Other titles by the author

The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power. Signature Books, 1994. Hardback. $39.95

The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. Signature Books, 1997. Hardback. $44.95

Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (2nd ed.). Signature Books, 1998. Paperback. $28.95

Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark. Signature Books, 2002. Hardback. $49.95

Same-sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. University of Illinois, 1996. Paperback. $39.00.


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