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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 200 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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A Must Read for Faithful Members of the Church

Loved this! It fostered so many deep conversations and has helped strengthen my testimony and appreciation for prophets. Highly recommend this for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you’re not a faithful member, this book won’t mean much to you. It is definitely for people with a frame of reference or history or interest in the subject matter.

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Great story about great man...

I love this book because of it's content and the way the story of this great man was told.This is a book I will refer back to very often. I really do love book. I can highly recommend this book to everyone.

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