From Jedediah Smith's final moments to persistent rumors of bigfoot, from the rise of an unlikely uranium magnate to the mysterious end of Butch Cassidy, this selection of twelve stories from Utah's past explores some of the Beehive State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths....
|Title||:||Mysteries and Legends of Utah: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained|
|Number of Pages||:||192 Pages|
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Mysteries and Legends of Utah: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained Reviews
Just finished this book. It is tall on criticism of the LDS church and it's followers and short on facts. Should be categorized in the "fantasy" section. It seems the author has an axe to grind with the predominate religion in Utah. Besides being poorly written and only marginally researched the book tends to get a bit speculative and presumptuous to mitigate the dry writing style of the author. i guess this is what can be expected of former U of U students. it is a shame too, the author could have made a fascinating book, he let his bigotry get in the way of reality.
I was thinking of buying this book at B&N, but fortunately chose to check it out from the library.This book was very short on facts and played loose with historical information. The author seems to want to attribute the worst possible motives to the LDS Church and speculate wildly. While some of this may be expected from the title, I would still hope that some modest amount of fact checking and research would have been done.
The historical parts were actually pretty good. For me, the book fell down in the last couple of chapters, as the author wandered far afield from the apparent theme of the book, and spent time on cryptozoology and UFOs. Those two chapters were weirdly gullible, and damaged the author's credibility on the other parts, which were supposed to be purely historical. Even the parts about a haunted cemetery were more historical, because there was interesting factual information involved. There's a big difference between knowing that Air Force reports on UFOs mention a bunch of different descriptions of supposed aliens and saying that means the Pentagon admits to all of them having come to Earth. That kind of thing really undermined O'Reilly as an author, and I almost reduced the rating to two stars as a result. The earlier bits were good enough that I kept the average at 3.A few reviewers come down hard on his comments about the Mormon church, probably based on the Mountain Meadows Massacre chapter, but his version of that story agrees with most modern versions that I've read. Horrific deeds were done by people who seem to have thought they were doing what was right, for the benefit of their church and its leader. That hasn't always gone well, throughout history.There were other comments about the church, but the book does take place entirely in Utah, so that's to be expected. Okay, so Brigham Young's 19th wife didn't get along with him or his ideas about architecture. That wasn't a slap at the Mormon church...
Kind of entertaining, though it doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and it wasn't what I hoped for/expected (with perhaps the exception of the lost mine stories). It ranges from dramatized retellings of well-known historical tragedies to speculation that leaders of the LDS Church are shape-shifting reptilian aliens bent on world domination. There's definitely some sloppy historical research and bias, but there were also some stories I didn't know, so not a waste of a few hours worth of time with a library book.
I was just not impressed with this book at all. Too many stories about boring mines, for one thing. Lots of unsubstantiated rumors about several of the topics, but not a lot of actual facts. And way too much use of personal anecdotes, most of which didn't seem to have anything to do with the actual story being told. I read a few chapters and mostly just skimmed the rest. It did not hold my interest at all.
If you are into local history, you won't find much new here. The author does good job of retelling some stories and legends of tbe area.People love rehashing tales and traditions amongst families and friends. Good bedtime reading.
Have you heard of the Lost Rhoades Gold Mine or John Koyle's Dream Mine? Did you know ghosts supposedly haunt Heritage Park? Have you ever wondered if Bigfoot is running around in the Beehive State? These are just some of the fun topics in this little book.
I liked the ghost stories, lost gold mines, and even aliens. I learned some new info. I wasn't so taken by his using discredited info regarding the LDS church. Still a good read about some Utah's lesser know or more bizarre stories.
Well intentioned, but thin effort. For those not familiar with Utah or its history, this serves as an interesting footnote, but not in anyway cohesive or focused.