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This was a fascinating read I had heard about this badass from a friend, and after repeatedly asking forstories about this guy I was presented with this mammoth tome While Mr Rockwell is a compelling folk hero to read about, this was also an intriguing window into the Latter Day Saint movement and the strange and debatably wonderful things that went on, albeit from the point of view of an LDS rather than detractors through whom you normally hear themessed up stories. This book disappointed me I was hoping to find a book that would set straight who Porter Rockwell really was and separate the man from the legendinstead I got a book full of hypothesis and conveniently missing information There were good references for a lot of overall historical information but when it came to things closely related to Rockwell it was lacking Still looking for a book on this legend of a man so if anyone knows one that has solid record and references I d love to read it Y This book disappointed me I was hoping to find a book that would set straight who Porter Rockwell really was and separate the man from the legendinstead I got a book full of hypothesis and conveniently missing information There were good references for a lot of overall historical information but when it came to things closely related to Rockwell it was lacking Still looking for a book on this legend of a man so if anyone knows one that has solid record and references I d love to read it You grow up in Utah hearing all kinds of crazy stories about him, but oy if I could get my hands on something that was less guesswork This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least fifteen years I m not sure if I bought it on impulse or if it was given to me, but it had a bookmark that my at that time girlfriend gave me after moving three states away to sunny San Diego on page three There is a beach on the bookmark Porter Rockwell failed to satisfy my boyish longings fifteen years ago, but I am no longer a lovesick boy I am a man And this is the kind of book men read And like Porter Rockwell would have done, I kicke This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least fifteen years I m not sure if I bought it on impulse or if it was given to me, but it had a bookmark that my at that time girlfriend gave me after moving three states away to sunny San Diego on page three There is a beach on the bookmark Porter Rockwell failed to satisfy my boyish longings fifteen years ago, but I am no longer a lovesick boy I am a man And this is the kind of book men read And like Porter Rockwell would have done, I kicked that girl to the curb long ago There are other ways that I am like Porter Rockwell He didn t shave or cut his hair I have not shaved in two months and it has been at least one month since I cut my hair He lived in Lehi, Utah I ve driven through there So on the first lazy Sunday after school got out for summer break, and I no longer had to deal with thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen year olds and their somewhat pleasing but often overly simplistic YA literature, I decided to give Porter Rockwell another shot That s a pun, because he shot guns This book is okay I liked reading it I like Utah history and I can easily get wrapped up in books about what my hometown was like one hundred and fifty years ago Dewey has clearly done his research and has a source to cite in nearly every paragraph There are two hundred fifty pages of notes, references, and bibliography But this book also has some problems Although he s done a great job including sources, Dewey isn t able to let them speak for themselves Any time he thinks a source might not support the image of Porter Rockwell he wants the reader to go away with, he interrupts the source to correct it And these interruptions and corrections never have their own sources, which means that the corrections are unsubstantiated and unsupported Dewey wants to entice the reader with the image of Porter Rockwell as a gunslinging roustabout going against the grain in early Mormon Utah, but he also wants to make sure the reader knows that Rockwell was an obedient and faithful Latter day Saint, despite his fondness for whiskey and swearing And killing people Though there arethan enough sources to convince me that the author has done the legwork, the information isn t presented objectively, so it doesn t really paint a clear picture of who Porter Rockwell was To an extent, I can understand why Dewey approached the subject in the way he did It s clear that there was a lot of misinformation in contemporary sources about Rockwell s character, and it s understandable that a Rockwell aficionado would want to clear some of that up But Dewey over corrects It s not enough for Dewey to demonstrate that Rockwell was not a hit man for the early church He goes out of his way to leave the reader with the impression that Rockwell was pretty conventional as far as LDS doctrinal observance is concerned, that a modern Latter day Saint might expect to run into him in sacrament meeting if he were alive today, and that he might even be assigned to Rockwell as a home teaching companion But despite his unwavering loyalty to the church and it s leaders, the guy owned a saloon and was a well documented alcoholic that, on a handful of occasions, clearly killed people who crossed paths with him in the heat of the moment Dewey s interpretation of Rockwell s character in this regard seems a bit strained throughout the book.The first one hundred pages don t really have much to do with Rockwell I can see why Dewey included them he wants to paint a picture of the hostile environment Rockwell and the other Mormons endured to show how it shaped Rockwell s character The problem is that, since Rockwell wasn t a well known figure at the beginning of this period, there isn t much documentation for his whereabouts There are a few documents that tie him loosely to various places and events, but nothing to shed any light on what he actually did As a result, the first hundred pages read like a pretty standard recitation of LDS church history with insertions at the end of each major event saying things like, Doubtless Porter was there The problem is that Dewey is reading his history backward, placing Rockwell in the middle of events based on the ways he was known to act twenty years later, when there isdocumentation about things he said and did I m getting a little picky here, but I m also a little annoyed with some of the Dewey s stylistic choices He likes to set up paragraphs in which he doesn t really say what he s trying to get at, but instead makes a few broad statements and then uses an ellipses to get the reader to infer his meaning And we all know how effective that can be in a book claiming to be an academic historical workI think Dewey would have written a much better book if he had been willing to embrace theethereal and folkloric aspects of Rockwell s character instead of trying to cram his personality into Dewey s predetermined mold It is, after all, that legendary aspect of Porter Rockwell that makes him such a compelling figure I enjoyed reading this biography It read quickly, and there was a lot of information that I had never learned since I did not grow up in Utah and did not get that as part of my history lessons.I thought the Notes section was a bit long, and the numbering in the text for sources has no associated footnotes or numbered works cited section, so that was a bit frustrating.I also would have likeddetails about motive instead of just the old event after event Of course, I realize that is diffi I enjoyed reading this biography It read quickly, and there was a lot of information that I had never learned since I did not grow up in Utah and did not get that as part of my history lessons.I thought the Notes section was a bit long, and the numbering in the text for sources has no associated footnotes or numbered works cited section, so that was a bit frustrating.I also would have likeddetails about motive instead of just the old event after event Of course, I realize that is difficult to achieve for someone who didn t know how to read or write Rockwell , but for me, that is what is important not just what someone does, but why they do it That must be why I like to write science fiction and fantasy Interesting information Not well written and questionable source material. First I should say that I never intended to read this book but I was stuck in the woods with no book to read, so Porter Rockwell it was That being said I enjoyed itthen I thought I would One of the things that I didn t like was the way the author assumes Rockwell did this or that it is a biography, if you don t have evidence to support the things that happened don t include it So annoying. This book lacks organization both in the layout and in the writing The frontpiece contains 18 pages about guns with one page of Acknowledgements The narrative itself is 339 pages followed by 129 pages of explanatory Notes, then 46 pages of References documenting the narrative, then 16 pages of References documenting the Notes, and finally 35 pages of Bibliography Quantity not Quality I am not the only reader annoyed by the near impossibility of finding the References cited in the Notes A t This book lacks organization both in the layout and in the writing The frontpiece contains 18 pages about guns with one page of Acknowledgements The narrative itself is 339 pages followed by 129 pages of explanatory Notes, then 46 pages of References documenting the narrative, then 16 pages of References documenting the Notes, and finally 35 pages of Bibliography Quantity not Quality I am not the only reader annoyed by the near impossibility of finding the References cited in the Notes A table of contents would have helped On page 25 Dewey writes, Before his move to Caldwell County, however, Joseph Smith had led 204 Mormon soldiers from Ohio in an attempt to redeem Jackson County But Zion s Camp, as the army was called, had met with disaster The miserable excursion over, having never reached Missouri, Joseph led them back to Ohio Zion s Camp did indeed reach Missouri and was disbanded near the Fishing River which anyone familiar with Zion s Camp history knows The Fishing River flows through Clay and Ray Counties in Missouri Dewey writes of activities and adventures with only suggestions or assumptions that Orrin Porter Rockwell was present or involved which is not surprising because Rockwell was not literate, and his life was not consistently written about Dewey s writing leads me to suggest a better title for this book might be Glimpses of History Surrounding the Life of Orrin Porter Rockwell I was especially disappointed in Dewey s treatment of Colonel Patrick E Connor in the last 3 pages of Chapter XIII and all of Chapter XIV also Note 36 which portrays the Battle of Bear River against the Shoshone Indians also known as the Bear River Massacre opposite to the honorable character which Dewey probably correctly attributes to Rockwell Porter Rockwell was the Chuck Norris of Mormondom I loved taking this opportunity to learnabout the man whose name, only ever casually mentioned in any of my church classes, has been so shrouded in legend With it, I also learned a lot about Latter day Saint history, and enjoyed getting a fuller context and deeper narrative for events I ve read and been taught about but still seemed fairly isolated from one another I especially appreciated the chapters after Rockwell and his fellow immig Porter Rockwell was the Chuck Norris of Mormondom I loved taking this opportunity to learnabout the man whose name, only ever casually mentioned in any of my church classes, has been so shrouded in legend With it, I also learned a lot about Latter day Saint history, and enjoyed getting a fuller context and deeper narrative for events I ve read and been taught about but still seemed fairly isolated from one another I especially appreciated the chapters after Rockwell and his fellow immigrants arrived in Utah it was so much fun to read a history book about a place where I live, and am so familiar with.Bonus points I also discovered some great information about an ancestor of mine, Thomas McBride, who was murdered during the Church s Missouri years but who otherwise I didn t know much about at all While the author does take some annoying liberties here and there, like supposing Rockwell was present at a particular scene, I found lots of gems in this book and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get to know the man behind the myths (Download Epub) ó Porter Rockwell: A Biography ⚥ Read the true story of Brigham Young s bodyguard a man history and Hollywood has completely overlooked the only man to kill outlaws than Wyatt Earp, Doc Holladay, Tom Horn, and Batt masterson combined A man who believed from a blessing he received from Joseph Smith that if he never cut his hair he could never die in a fight Assassins ambushed him, but no one could kill him, as confirmed by the Deseret News in , stating he had passed through dangers unscathed, as numerous as those recorded in the most lurid fiction after it had interviewed numerous settlers who had known him Gunfighters traveled hundreds of miles to get him none succeeded Outlaws actually sang compfire ballads about him Latter day Saints are proud to view him as a folk hero Reading this book allows us to see what a real hero is Famed British journalist Jules Remy wrote in , He is the stuff from which heroes are wrought It is he who is ever at hand where there is a sacrifice to be made which can be of advantage to the oppressed Richard Lloyd Dewey quotes hundreds of original sources journals, letters, and court records some from sources never before tapped and weaves them all together in fascinating form In the process he clarifies the controversies, dispels the shadows, and melts away the myriads of anti Mormon myths Journalistic, fast flowing writing sweeps you through explosive early Mormon history with charm and style He reports little known events and unravels a bizarre yet faith promoting tale The Deseret News ofreports, The writing is slick and the pace is fast Dewey has done his homework It s a story told with breadth and feeling the most intriguing, ACCURATE account yet of Orrin Porter Rockwell Also the most comprehensive, by far As the definitive work on him, this fascinating, epic biography is as exciting to read as a first rate novel Beautifully illustrated by western artist Clark Kelley Price I thought Porter Rockwell A Biography by Richard Lloyd Dewey was a very good book I enjoyed learningabout the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and about this unforgettable character in the beginnings of the pioneer history of the church I believe the author did a commendable job of telling all sides of the story A very interesting fact is how the media crucified good people in the early days of the church just like they do today.