In 2008 the book Massacre at Mountain Meadows, authored by historians Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr., and Glen M. Leonard, came out to much public and academic acclaim. Fifteen years later, Richard E. Turley Jr. and Barbara Jones Brown have produced a follow-up work that addresses an equally complex story about the massacre's aftermath.

This book is truly magisterial in its careful and detailed telling of the myriad factors and circumstances concerning the massacre's twenty-plus-year aftermath, which closed with the execution of only one of the perpetrators, John D. Lee, in 1877. Turley and Brown also tell of the not-so-pretty last years and unpleasant deaths of the other massacre leaders, who evaded prosecution and punishment.

One should not assume that reading the first book is required to fully appreciate this new volume, as the authors have included a series of chapters recapping the massacre story. If you...

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