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Orrin Porter Rockwell: Man of God, Son of Thunder

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The legend of the Destroying Angel of Mormondom was well established by the time of his death, of natural causes, in 1878. Travelers sang ballads about him as they gathered around their campfires at night. Mothers used his name to frighten children into obedience. He was accused of literally hundreds of murders, all in the name of the Mormon Church.

Yet behind all the myth was a man, a human being. Orrin Porter Rockwell believed in his prophet, Joseph Smith. He spent most of a year chained in an Independence dungeon for his belief, then walked across Missouri to Nauvoo, stumbling into Joseph’s house on Christmas Day. Joseph said to him then, “Cut not thy hair and no bullet or blade can harm thee,” and the legend was born.

Rockwell continued to serve the leaders of his church—as hunter, guide, messenger, scout, guerilla, emissary to the Indians, and lawman. He traveled thousands of miles, raised three families, accumulated land and wealth—and favorably impressed almost everyone who met him. But although he walked with presidents and generals, scholars and scoundrels, in a life lived at the center of many of the great events of the American frontier, he has remained an enigma, a source of continuing controversy.

Harold Schindler’s remarkable investigative skills led him into literally thousands of unlikely places in his search for the truth about Rockwell. Dale L. Morgan, one of the west’s foremost historians, called the first edition “…an impressive job of research, one of the most impressive in recent memory, in the Mormon field. Mr. Schindler has shown great energy and sagacity in dealing with a difficult, highly controversial subject; and he has also made maximum use of the latest scholarship and newly available archival resources.”

But the author was not satisfied until he had probed even more deeply, and this revised and enlarged second edition contains greatly expanded documentation as well as textual additions that flesh out the characters and events of this classic drama of early America.

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An electrifying and stunningly illustrated biography of Orrin Porter Rockwell, one of the most mysterious and controversial figures in Mormon history and the devoted bodyguard of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

Synopsis:

The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best biographies of its kind." Was Orrin Porter Rockwell a cold-blooded killer or a saint? In this balanced account, Schindler paints the thrilling portrait of a genuinely colorful individual, a unique man of the frontier west. Over 40,000 copies in print.

About the Author

Harold Schindler has been associated with the Salt Lake Tribune in various capacities since 1945. Shortly after the first edition of this book was published, he became a found (and charter Vice-President) of the Utah Westerners, an organization of scholars, writers, and dedicated enthusiasts founded upon fellowship and a commin interest in the history of Utah and the heritage of the west. In 1967 Orrin Porter Rockwell was awarded the prestigious Award of Merit of the American Association for State and Local History.

Dale Bryner, whose stunning illustrations continue to enhance the narrative of this second edition, is a professor of art at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. He is a photographer, painter and designer as well, who has worked and studied abroad during seven extended visits, including an entire year's sabbatical in Japan. Recently he has created a number of architectural glass designs for business establishments throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface to the Second Edition

1. Valley of the Big Blue

2. The Sons of Dan

3. The City of Joseph

4. The Destroying Angel

5. Leg Irons and Vermin

6. "The Deed Is Done Before This Time"

7. A Prophet Avenged

8. The Plainsman

9. Zion

10. Sam Brannan

11. Peacepipes and Gunsmoke

12. Mail, Money, and Murder

13. A Call to Arms

14. Six Fine-Looking Men

15. Zion Invaded

16. Of Death and Dying

17. Slaughter at Bear River

18. Myth and Man

19. The Gathering Twilight

20. Trail's End

Bibliography

Index

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MrReader, April 29, 2010 (view all comments by MrReader)
This book is horse shit. One lie after another concatenated together to make and all consuming lie laced with a few facts.

I have done considerable studies on the Mormon culture to know the difference. If you love watching TV or reading the News Paper as if it is true, then there is no hope for you. None of us can judge the character of Mr. Rockwell by what his enemies or rumors say.

Ruthless people have bad feelings in their demeanor and heart. Orrin Porter Rockwell never did. He was a humble, prayerful, cheerful person, a loving father and husband, and an honest business man. I believe if he ever took a man's life it was only in self defense. One more thing, this book depicts him as not knowing how to read and write. That is bull shit, where as the rest of the book is made up of horse shit.

This book more reflects the attitude / motives of the author and what he would do or wanted to do. This is a STUPID BOOK AND NOT RECOMMENDED! To read this book is like taking a big juicy cow pie and rubbing it on your face.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780874804409
Author:
Schindler, Harold
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Author:
Schindler, Benita N.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Rockwell, orrin porter, 1813-1878
Subject:
HIS036140
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Rev. (2nd)
Publication Date:
19830131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
420
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in

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An electrifying and stunningly illustrated biography of Orrin Porter Rockwell, one of the most mysterious and controversial figures in Mormon history and the devoted bodyguard of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
"Synopsis" by , The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the best biographies of its kind." Was Orrin Porter Rockwell a cold-blooded killer or a saint? In this balanced account, Schindler paints the thrilling portrait of a genuinely colorful individual, a unique man of the frontier west. Over 40,000 copies in print.
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