MORMON COUNTRY by Wallece Stegner


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Odd that this should come almost on the day of the publication of De Voto's Year of Decision, for there are so many parallels between his picture of the 1846 westward surge, and this more detailed picture of the Mormon trek from the tragedies of the Illinois settlements to Salt Lake City founding. But the Stegner book goes on where the De Voto leaves them, and carries the Mormon country up to the present. And no part of the west has a more unusual history, molded as it has been by the story of a people and a creed and a government rooted in that creed. Stegner has grown up with a first hand knowledge of the subject he has tackled, and he approaches it with sympathetic appreciation of the contribution the Mormons have made. On the whole he has handled it objectively and fairly. His brief intimation that there is -- if not sympathy at least parallel between the totalitarianism of Mormonism and of Naziism, may give rise to indignant repudiation of his book by the Church. But on the whole, he has told their story well; he has given full credit where credit is due to their extraordinary tenacity of purpose and gift for colonization, ""making the desert bloom"". The last section deals with the Gentiles in Mormon Country.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1942
Publisher: Duell, Sloan & Pearce