David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

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University of Utah Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 490 pages
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Ordained as an apostle in 1906, David O. McKay served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 until his death in 1970. Under his leadership, the church experienced unparalleled growth--nearly tripling in total membership--and becoming a significant presence throughout the world.

The first book to draw upon the David O. McKay Papers at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, in addition to some two hundred interviews conducted by the authors, David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism focuses primarily on the years of McKay's presidency. During some of the most turbulent times in American and world history, McKay navigated the church through uncharted waters as it faced the challenges of worldwide growth in an age of communism, the civil rights movement, and ecumenism. Gregory Prince and Robert Wright have compiled a thorough history of the presidency of a much-loved prophet who left a lasting legacy within the LDS Church.

  

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Review: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

User Review  - Christian Larsen - Goodreads

With Bushman's biography of Joseph Smith and Turner's biography of Brigham Young, "David O McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism" rounds out the trinity of great Mormon biographies. Prince has ... Read full review

Review: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

User Review  - Ryan Swapp - Goodreads

Very much liked this. The book is divided into chapters by topic - not chronological - so that you really get a flavor for DOM's feelings about specific issues. Just as interesting is the surrounding ... Read full review

Contents

1 Prophet and Man
1
2 Revelation and Prophecy
30
3 Free Agency and Tolerance
40
4 Blacks Civil Rights and the Priesthood
60
5 Ecumenical Outreach
106
6 Radio and Television Broadcasting
124
7 Correlation and Church Administration
139
8 The Education System
159
12 Confrontation with Communism
279
13 Politics and the Church
323
14 An International Church
358
15 Final Years
380
16 Epilogue
395
Appendix
405
Notes
413
Bibliography
457

9 The Building Program
199
10 The Missionary Program
227
11 Temple Building
256

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Gregory A. Prince is the author of Power from On High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood. He is president and CEO of Virion Systems, Inc. and he is a board member of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and The Journal of Mormon History.

Wm. Robert Wright is a retired attorney who practiced law in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. His varied public service includes serving as the chairman of the University of Utah's Institutional Council and as chairman of the Utah State School Board.

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