David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
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.
Winner of the Evans Handcart Award.
Winner of the Mormon History Association Turner-Bergera Best Biography Award.
Praise For David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism…
"This book is important because it casts an honest and loving light on the workings of the LDS Church and most importantly on one of the church’s most beloved leaders."—Chase Peterson, president emeritus, University of Utah
"This book will be invaluable to any student of LDS Church history wanting to know the factors behind the great changes that took place in the church over the past half-century."—J. Alan Blodget, former CFO, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
University of Utah Press, 9780874808223, 512pp.
Publication Date: March 9, 2005
About the Author
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.