Norman, OK: Arthur H. Clark, 2009. First edition. Hardcover. 320pp. 24.5 cm. Maroon cloth boards. No dustjacket, as issued. NEW. Item #16329
"...Aird tells [the story] of Scottish emigrants who endured a harrowing trans-Atlantic and transcontinental journey to join their brethren in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. But to McAuslan and others like him, the Promised Land of Salt Lake City turned out to be quite different from what was promised... Mormon Convert, Mormon Defector reveals the tumultuous 1850s in Utah and the West in vivid detail. Drawing on McAuslan's own writings and other archival sources, Aird offers a rare interior portrait of a man in whom religious enthusiasm warred with indignation at absolutist religious authorities and fear for the consequences of dissension. In so doing, she brings to life a dramatic but little-known period of American history."