I have heard it said: “In the Catholic Church they say that the Pope is infallible, but no one believes it. In the Mormon Church they say that the prophet is fallible, but no one believes it.” I was reminded repeatedly of a prophet’s fallibility as I read Brigham Young: American Moses by Leonard J. Arrington. While detractors tend to exploit this fallibility and the faithful tend to excuse it, both will have to admit that Brigham Young was an exceptional and effective leader. After reading this book I am more convinced than ever that Young was the only person who could have lead his people away from the mobocrats in the midwest and created the Mormon empire in the desolate Great Basin. This is probably the most even handed biography of the second president of the LDS church out there.
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