Brigham Young was a rough-hewn transient from New York whose life was electrified by the Mormon faith. He married more than 50 women, and transformed a barren desert into his vision of the Kingdom of God. In his new biography Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet, John Turner (George Mason University) explores Young’s thirty-year battle with the U.S. Government for the control of Utah, his polygamous marriages, and his role in the massacre of settlers who came out west. Also featured: Since 1950, the South has undergone the most dramatic political transformation of any region in the United States. In their new book, Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University) and co-author Irwin Morris show how the once solid Democratic-South is now overwhelmingly Republican, and African Americans are now voting at levels comparable to those of whites.