The King Of Confidence: A Tale Of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets and The Murder Of An Am
by Miles Harvey
- Biographies & Memoirs, American History
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The true story of a false prophet
In 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, vanished from a rural town in New York. Months later, he reappeared on the Midwestern frontier and converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. In the wake of the murder of the sect's leader, Joseph Smith, Strang unveiled a letter purportedly from the prophet naming him successor, and persuaded hundreds of fellow converts to follow him to an island in Lake Michigan, where he declared himself a divine king.
Full of adventure, bad behavior, and insight into a crucial period of antebellum history, The King of Confidence brings us a compulsively readable account of one of the country's boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive.
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|Release Date:||July 14, 2020|