Saints and Sinners
T. R. Reid reviews a "warts-and-all history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, one of the darkest moments in the 180-year history of the Mormon Church."
MASSACRE AT MOUNTAIN MEADOWS.
By Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr., and Glen M. Leonard.
Oxford Univ. Press. 430 pp. $29.95
If history is written by the victors, church history is usually written by the vicars. Naturally, these captive chronicles—generally churned out by priests, bishops, and in-house archivists—tend to accentuate the positive and gloss over errors and...