About the book: Most Mormons are mild-mannered, well-behaved, law-abiding citizens who tend to get along well with their neighbors. But every once in a while, there's a renegade. You know the one: a little bit wild-eyed, ready to rumble, out to go where no Mormon has gone before. Face it: we all know one.
Well, if you think you've seen a colorful character or two in your ward, you should check out the colorful characters in this book—some Mormons, some non-Mormons who impacted Church history. These people are a whole new breed of colorful.
You'll meet the guy who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map—California's first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You'll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with "Baby Face" Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. And that's just scratching the surface.
Most of all, you'll find yourself shaking your head in wonder, having a knee-slapping good laugh, and maybe even shedding a tear or two here and there.
My review: This book is way fun! I love that the author has come up with a bunch of people that aren't necessarily just Mormons. There are people like Lewis Bidamon, Mark Twain and Jim Bridger that had interactions with the Mormon people, as well as actual Mormons like Thomas B Marsh and the notorious J Golden Kimball. Kathryn Jenkins Gordon has done tons of research on these people, so even if you think you know the whole story, you will find out that you don't. Not only are the people covered in this book interesting, but the author has done such a great job inserting humor into each and every chapter. This book is awesome! Go grab a copy for yourself!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Covenant Communications, Kathryn Jenkins Gordon, LDS non-fiction