Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier

Compared to the Puritans, Mormons have rarely gotten their due, often treated as fringe cultists or marginalized polygamists unworthy of serious examination. In Kingdom of Nauvoo, Benjamin E. Park excavates the brief, tragic life of a lost Mormon city, demonstrating that the Mormons are essential to understanding American history writ large. Using newly accessible sources,...

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Title:Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier
Author:Benjamin E. Park
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  • Christopher Angulo
    I didn't want to like this book, and for the first hundred pages, I felt justified in my feelings. There wasn't much in those first 100 pages that I didn't know, or hadn't read before. The rest of the book though... wow! I loved his analysis and framing of events. It was fast paced and I felt that I...
  • Richard West
    Growing up in Quincy, Illinois - which is relatively close, all things considered - to Nauvoo, a trip to Nauvoo to see where the "nutty Mormons" (as my father called them) tried to set up a religious kingdom was almost a "must-see" type of experience. In addition, having seen a movie (on the Late Sh...
  • Michael MacKay
    Park's Kingdom of Nauvoo is essential reading for American religion and politics. He pins Nauvoo Mormonism to the vivisection table to display the physiology of American democracy and its expressions, revealing how an empire and theocracy could take hold of the hearts and minds of antebellum America...
  • Rory McFarlan
    Kingdom of Nauvoo is a well researched, accurate, objective history of the Mormon Kingdom built on the Mississippi in the 1840s. Park does a great job of detailing the fascinating story of the rise and fall of this city on the American frontier. Joseph Smith and his followers pushed political, relig...
  • Ryan
    A wild ride from start to finish. Despite knowing the end from the beginning, and the broad contours along the way, I compulsively consumed Park's account of Joseph Smith's religious, social, and political innovations during his time in Nauvoo. For the first time I feel that I understand both sides ...
  • Steven
    Deeply cited, extensive primary sources, and an understanding of the genesis of Mormonism in the context of the Second Great Awakening and millennial contexts. I visited Nauvoo last summer as part of a broad road trip. I wish this book was available then....
  • Geoffrey
    (Note: I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley)In Kingdom of Nauvoo, Benjamin Parks extensive use of primary resources paints as detailed a picture as one can possibly get of this attempted new Jerusalem by the Mississippi River. Between the beginnings of polygamy as a major doctrine an...
  • Russell Fox
    I am not as well read in Mormon history as I once was, back when my work as the Book Review editor for Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought kept me, if not thoroughly familiar with all the books of history which passed through my hands, than at least abreast of most of the developments in the field...

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