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We are pleased to announce that Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker, editors of The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane (published by Oxford University Press), will be here on Wednesday, June 24th to speak about and sign copies of their book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make 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.

Until his death in 1877, Brigham Young guided the religious, economic, and political life of the Mormon community, whose settlements spread throughout the West and provoked a profound political, legal, and even military confrontation with the American nation. Young first met Thomas L. Kane on the plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser, making Kane the most important non-Mormon in the history of the Church. In return, no one influenced the direction of Kane’s life more than Young. The letters exchanged by the two offer crucial insights into Young’s personal life and views as well as his actions as a political and religious leader. The Prophet and the Reformer offers a complete reproduction of the surviving 99 letters between the Mormon prophet and the Philadelphia reformer. The correspondence reveals the strategies of the Latter-day Saints in relating to American culture and government during these crucial years when the “Mormon Question” was a major political, cultural, and legal issue. The letters also shed important light on the largely forgotten “Utah War” of 1857-58, triggered when President James Buchanan dispatched a military expedition to ensure federal supremacy in Utah and replace Young with a non-Mormon governor.

This annotated collection of their correspondence reveals a great deal about these two remarkable men, while also providing crucial insight into nineteenth-century Mormonism and the historical moment in which the movement developed.

Matthew Grow, director of publications for the LDS Church History Department, authored the award-winning Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer and co-authored Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism, both winners of the Mormon History Association Best Book Award.

Ronald W. Walker, Professor Emeritus of History at BYU, has authored numerous articles and books—most notably, he wrote Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young and was a co-author of Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy.


The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young & Thomas L. Kane. Oxford University Press, 2015. 545pp. $39.95


Books by Matthew Grow

Liberty to the Downtrodden: Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer. Yale University Press, 2009. Hardback. Reg. $40.00, SALE $9.99.

Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Terryl. L. Givens). Oxford University Press, 2011. Hardback. Reg. $34.95, SALE $14.99.

Parley P. Pratt & the Making of Mormonism (co-editor). Arthur H. Clark, 2011. Hardback. $45.00.

Books by Ronald Walker

Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young. BYU Press, 2009. Paperback. Reg. $24.95, SALE $15.99

Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy (with Glen Leonard and Richard Turley). Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardback–$29.99 (signed by all three authors)/paperback–$17.95

Mormon History (with David J. Whittaker & James B. Allen). University of Illinois, 2001. Hardback. $33.00

Mountain Meadows Massacre: The Andrew Jenson and David H. Morris Collections (ed. with Richard Turley). BYU Studies, 2009. Reg $44.95, SALE $26.99

Qualities That Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle. BYU Press, 2004. Paperback. $18.95

Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography (co-edited with James Allen and David Whittaker). University of Illinois, 2000. Hardback. $103.00


Shipping: $4.50 for the first book, $1 for each additional. Priority/FedEx/UPS options available–inquire for details.

Utah residents–add 7.05% sales tax

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