Much Ado About Mormons

Rick Walton


Much Ado About Mormons

Much Ado About Mormons

  • Title: Much Ado About Mormons
  • Author: Rick Walton
  • ISBN: 9781608610761
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover



Has any religious community been the subject of curiosity, controversy, or misunderstanding than the Latter day Saints From the time pioneers settled the Salt Lake valley, Mormon culture has drawn the public eye and colored the public record for better or for worse This landmark volume explores nineteenth , twentieth , and twenty first century Mormon society throuHas any religious community been the subject of curiosity, controversy, or misunderstanding than the Latter day Saints From the time pioneers settled the Salt Lake valley, Mormon culture has drawn the public eye and colored the public record for better or for worse This landmark volume explores nineteenth , twentieth , and twenty first century Mormon society through the perspectives of journalists, novelists, travel writers, presidents, and other well known public figures, including such varied people as Susan B Anthony, Buffalo Bill Cody, Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Vincent Price, Will Rogers, Angela Lansbury, Walter Cronkite, Margaret Thatcher, President John F Kennedy, and dozens Some of the accounts are humorous, some flattering, some exaggerated, some insightful Arranged chronologically, this wide spectrum of viewpoints illustrates a changing public awareness of the Latter day Saints taken together, they offer a captivating view of a peculiar people throughout their history.Table of Contents Charles Francis Adams and John Quincy 1844John Greenleaf Whittier 1845President James K Polk 1846William F Cody Buffalo Bill 1857Horace Greeley 1859Sir Richard F Burton 1860Mark Twain 1861President Abraham Lincoln 1863Ralph Waldo Emerson 1863Charles Dickens 1863P.T Barnum 1868Susan B Anthony 1871Elizabeth Kane 1872General George A Custer 1875Miriam Florence Leslie 1877John Muir 1877Lady Mary Duffus Hardy 1880Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1887President Benjamin Harrison 1891President Theodore Roosevelt 1911Willa Cather 1918President Warren G Harding 1923Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Second Entry 1923President Franklin D Roosevelt 1944President Harry S Truman 1948Cecil B DeMille 1957Harry Golden 1959Vincent Price 1959President Herbert Hoover 1960President John F Kennedy 1960 1963Norman Vincent Peale 1963President Lyndon B Johnson 1964Maria von Trapp 1965Paul Harvey 1967President Richard M Nixon 1970President Gerald R Ford 1974 1978Alvin Toffler 1980Saul Bellow 1994Margaret Thatcher 1996President Jimmy Carter 2004Mike Wallace 2005Sharon Osbourne 2005Ma Yin jeou 2008Mormon Tabernacle Choir GuestsBrian Stokes Mitchell 2008Edward Herrmann 2008Angela Lansbury 2001Walter Cronkite 2002Sissel Kyrkjebo 2006


Recent Comments "Much Ado About Mormons"

I wasn't expecting a lot from this book because some reviews claimed that it was too much fluff, not enough meat, and that the entries were too short and simple. But I really liked it - maybe because I wasn't expecting too much. It has many little blurbs from famous non-Mormons about their visits with or impressions of Mormons. I found them quite interesting, including the short ones, but there are also some longer ones with more "meat" to them.I'll quote two of the short ones:Angela Lansbury - [...]

This book was given to me as a Christmas gift from my parents. They know that a gift of a book is a highly treasured gift for me. I had seen this book in bookstores but never thought to purchase for myself. I read the book hoping to understand how non-Mormons viewed Mormons since I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.This book has short stories and quotes from famous people about the Mormons (thus the name “Much Ado About Mormons”) or their experiences with Mormons [...]

I've got an unhealthy fascination with what people outside of my faith think about it, so despite the cheesy title and low expectations (it is marketed to Mormons and included lots of quotes by politicians--hard to trust those as being totally sincere), I really enjoyed it. Reading the quotes chronologically gave me a new perspective on Church history. Most of these people had very bad opinions of the Mormons until they actually met some or visited Salt Lake City, and then their tune changed. Th [...]

This was a fun read for me. The premise is to record (in chronological order) what famous (and non-Mormon) men and women have thought about the Church over the years. It was interesting to read what such people as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Willa Cather, and even President Kennedy have had to say about the Mormons. Some not so flattering, but mostly favorable opinions emerged. I especially loved the chapter about Charles Dickens, who was highly impressed by certain Brit [...]

This was really interesting and for the most part I enjoyed it. Near the end I started to skim over the more recent politicians quotes, they seemed pretty generic in the positive. Obviously didn't want to offend anybody. This collection on a whole was pretty positive, and I'm pretty sure that's not an accurate representation throughout history. My favorite part were the voices: Dickens was just as wordy as ever and Cecil B Demile was just so spot on. It made me want to read bios of several of th [...]

Interesting enough. Particularly the early parts-- a visit to Utah seems to have been essential to any good tourist/thrill seeker, and Brigham Young seems to have made time to meet with all of them. The fact that every one of the people quoted in this book had essentially nice things to say about the Mormons makes me suspect that there are a collection of not-nice quotes out there somewhere, too. Nothing terribly shocking, but some famous people I am slightly surprised ever heard of Mormons at a [...]

This was a fun and interesting read. Being a Latter Day Saint- it is fun to see what thoughts and impressions famous people have about SLC and Mormons (LDS). My favorites included Cecil B. DeMille, Angela Lansbury, and Sharon Osbourne. This is not a religious read, edited by Rick Walton to entertain and uplift readers.

Great for history lovers. I didn't know alot of the people in the book but most of what they had to say was really good. Alot of the Presidents of the US said something to the fact that if all the people could live like the mormons, we'd be a better people.

This is an interesting book. It basically is composed of various famous people and their thoughts on Utah and the Mormons. Some of the people did not approve of the religion, but could not deny the happiness of the people and the cleanliness of the cities.

It was interesting to read what people have said about us. However, there were so many typos that it was annoying. A pox on the editor.

I got this at a Christmas book exchange and it was mildly interesting to read what various famous people have said about the church over the years. Not terribly earth-shaking.

Not as great as I anticipated, but definitely learned a few things. :) I think I just wanted more. It was a short book.

I enjoyed reading through it. It's not an in depth look at anything, but it was fun to see a compilation of things that have been said.


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