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 noRead 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 1918, 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 1861, 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 of 1986 reports, 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.
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

  • Title: Porter Rockwell: A Biography
  • Author: Richard Lloyd Dewey
  • ISBN: 9780961602406
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
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    • Rachel said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I tried reading this book all the way through but kept getting annoyed as the author took too many liberties. I thought this would be a biography as it says that it is but the author supposes and guesses and suggests way too much. Stick to the facts

    • S James Bysouth said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      This was a fascinating read. I had heard about this badass from a friend, and after repeatedly asking for more stories 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 the more messed up stories.

    • Jeff said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Interesting information. Not well written and questionable source material.

    • Nathan Cunningham said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Porter Rockwell was the Chuck Norris of Mormondom. I loved taking this opportunity to learn more about 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 [...]

    • Marie said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      great research

    • Christopher Green said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      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 [...]

    • Shawn said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Porter Rockwell by Richard Lloyd Dewey is a fascinating and thorough account, based on a wide variety of sources, of one of the most compelling figures in 19th century America and the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Porter was a complex man. He demonstrated absolute loyalty to the church and his close friends, who included Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and may have saved their lives on multiple occasions. He was commonly observed as being good-natured and having a [...]

    • Summers said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      This was especially interesting, not only because of Porter's devotion to the Prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, but because this book explained in detail what brought about the persecutions and who the people were that betrayed the Church and how steadfast the saints were. I had not realized how much the persecutions had continued throughout the history in Salt Lake and Utah, especially through the avenue of the law in the hands of evil men who misused the law for their own purposes. They [...]

    • Spstudio said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Good review of an interesting historial character and the times that shaped him and the LDS community. The thing that struck me was the similarity of media attacks (newspaper only for that time) and techniques used to whip up public emotion against a group of people to justify military, political, and personal justification for acts of aggression. Many people believed the lies being told by government and their media shills. The great injustices done would never have been allowed by good people [...]

    • Ron Tenney said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Today I finished “Porter Rockwell – A Biography” by Richard Lloyd Dewey.I was interested in the biography so that I could sort out some of the myth and legend from the truth about this most notorious of early church pioneers. The book did a great job of telling the stories. But how to decide what is mythical vs. factual?Sources are unreliable at best. Many stories emerge decades later with no collaboration. The bottom line to me is that Porter Rockwell was a friend to the victims of crime. [...]

    • Jon Terry said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      only made it about halfway through. i was really excited to learn more about rockwell, and still would like to learn more about him. i did learn a lot about him through this book, but i had a pretty hard time with the writing style. the trouble is that since rockwell was illiterate we just don't know a lot about the details of his life or what was going on in his head and heart. all we really have are what other people said about him in their journals and what not. dewey does his best to work wi [...]

    • Brent said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I didn't know a lot about Orrin Porter Rockwell before I enjoyed this book. But right away, I learned that, when Joseph Smith was 14 and Porter was 6, the Smiths moved to within a mile of the Rockwells, and they became close friends. Joseph and Porter remained friends until Joseph's death; Porter was also close to Brigham Young. Porter was best known as a gunslinger; he was also a missionary, rancher, miner, brewer, saloon keeper, and a lawman with an uncanny ability to track down rustlers and o [...]

    • Garrett said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      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 liked more details about motive instead of just the old event after event. Of course, I realize that is diffi [...]

    • Carter Sahleen said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      This book is about the life of Porter Rockwell. He was bodyguard and good friend to the founder and prophet of the LDS church. Porter has killed many more outlaws than any other before or after him. He trusted a prophecy that his friend Joseph Smith told him. It was that if he did not cut his hair he could not be killed.This book has not been made into a movie.I would recommend this book to anyone of the LDS religion or anyone interested in a good biography. The book moves very fluidly for a bio [...]

    • Keith Mclean said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      For a biography this book is poor. But as a book on Church History it is rich. I found that I knew nothing more about Porter Rockwell at the closing of the book than when I first set out to read it. While it does help dispel some of the more colourful rumours and gossip about this elusive and infamous Church character, I found that the book was more about the Early Church's history, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as well as enemies of the Church than it was about Porter Rockwell. A bit of a dry [...]

    • Annalisa said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      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 legend.ead 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 gro [...]

    • Justin said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Dont go into this book expecting an adventure novel, it is quite the opposite. I loved reading it though because it shows the complexity of human nature. I think most of us are like Porter trying to live a spiritual life while still having to be part of this world. His dedication to his friends and his beliefs is inspiring, he was always willing to selflessly give of himself even when it wasent convienient to him often taking him far from his home and family into dangerous situations and unexplo [...]

    • Sam said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I will rate this book 3.5 stars. First of all, this book biography was really interesting. It was at a very unique time period, when the west was still being settled, when the US government was still weak, and when indians were a "problem." The biography also explained very well how Porter Rockwell was unlike any other man at that time. The most interesting part of this book, was when Porter was told by the prophet of the church, that if he never cut his hair, he would be protected form his enem [...]

    • Greg said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Well-researched and detailed, yet highly readable, this definitive biography of Porter Rockwell is a keeper. Rockwell was bodyguard to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, a noted gunfighter who was likely responsible for killing more men than Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Doc Holladay, and Tom Horn combined. It was said of him that, like Samson of old, he would not cut his hair, but when his enemies faced him they "thought they saw miracles." Dewey;s biography is a masterpiece, and stands alone in its [...]

    • Ander Heaton said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Porter is definitely an interesting character. I think if anything, reading his story teaches me that there are a lot of good people who do so much for the church and for God, who struggle with their vices. It's not up to me to judge them. He was a great example of befriending anybody, and had many nonmember friends. While he had some interesting struggles, I like his style. He was friendly and open with everyone (unless, you know, you got on his bad side), and would drop what he was doing to he [...]

    • Daron B. said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Absolutely fascinating! The more I learn about this thunderous man, the more I am amazed. His complete devotion and love for Joseph and the restored gospel are in inspiration. The countless sacrifices and miraculous events that filled his life are a testament to his character. I learned so much, not just about "Old Port" but about many event in Church History that I did not know. A wonderful book!

    • Jacob said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      This book is amazing! The author does a great job of giving you the "Porter Story" while still giving you the church history context. Other than the book "History of the Church" this is the best book I have ever read as far as educating about church history. As for the specifics to Porter Rockwell I LOVE THAT MAN. You will be stunned by what an influence Porter had on the church and on the west. If my wife would let me I would name all my sons after Orrin Porter Rockwell.

    • Blair Bell said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I am a student of LDS Church History, and perform as Porter Rockwell for a variety of groups. I enjoyed the author's take on the life of this unique Brother, and use that to color my performances. The complete truth will never be known here in mortality, but I feel this man (Porter) has certainly earned our respect and admiration for his untiring efforts. Brother Dewey's book is a wonderful step in that direction. I plan a second reading in the very near future.

    • Ryan said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      If you like to read journel recording and or little pieces of history then this is a great book. If you want to read a story about Porter Rockwell, then read the Porter Rockwell Chronicles(same author). Richard Dewey really knows his stuff and does a great job putting the information about Porter Rockwell in this book. Very informative. However I Love the Story line in the Rockwell Chronicles.

    • Syndy said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      This is a book that has been in my home since I've been married to Chris. I just have not had any interest in reading it until now when I have not been to the library in 2 weeks. I was actually suprised that I like it. Biographies are not my fav. I think the best part of it was the early church history that I did not know. It's so great to be here in Illinois and be so close to some of that history, however sad some of it may be.

    • Richard said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I received this book as a birthday present from my father right after I returned home from my mission, back in 2010. I did get about half-way through the book in that same year, but I chose to start over from the beginning so I could read the notes that were included in the back of the story of Porter Rockwell.I really enjoyed this book. There are some details from the history of the LDS Church, and the narrative in this book helps fill in those detail (a little bit).

    • Trent said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I've been curious about Porter Rockwell for a long time and I'm glad I finally had a chance to read this Biography. It was interesting to find out that a lot of stories that I've heard about him may have been just that - stories. Definitely a colorful character. Another thing I appreciated was that it gave me some more detailed information about some of the events in LDS Church history, so that was pretty cool too.

    • Joanna said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      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 it more then 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.

    • Gena Lott said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      Although I list this as a religious realistic fiction work, it is really more a creative non-fiction work. Porter Rockwell's life is brought into the lime light with this biography. Sometimes the stories border on Tall Tales, but perhaps that adds to the romance of this historical character who stood by Joseph and Brigham and made a name for himself in the annuls of history.

    • Kami said:
      Jun 20, 2019 - 01:18 AM

      I read this when I was twelve, and I thought it was really interesting. Granted, at the time I read a lot of westerns so this fell right in line with those. I learned a lot about LDS church history that I hadn't known before and frankly, Porter Rockwell, whether you think he was terrible or saintly, lead a fascinating life.

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