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The King of Confidence : : a Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch

Harvey, Miles, 1960- Book - 2020 364.16 Ha, Adult Book / Nonfiction / History / United States / Michigan / Harvey, Miles 4 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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In 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism, persuaded hundreds to follow him to Lake Michigan, and declared himself a divine king. This book presents an account of one of the country's boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive.
In 1843, James Strang, a charismatic young lawyer and avowed atheist, converted to a burgeoning religious movement known as Mormonism. He persuaded hundreds to follow him to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and declared himself a divine king. He controlled a fourth of the state of Michigan, practiced plural marriages, and established a pirate colony where he perpetrated thefts, corruption and frauds of all kinds. His assassination made front-page news across the country. Harvey tells Strang's fascinating but largely forgotten story, an account of one of the country's boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive. -- adapted from jacket

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PUBLISHED
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2020.
Year Published: 2020
Description: ix, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780316463591
0316463590

SUBJECTS
Strang, James Jesse, -- 1813-1856.
Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) -- History -- 19th century.
Mormons -- Beaver Island -- Biography.
Swindlers and swindling -- Biography.
Pirates -- Beaver Island.
Beaver Island (Mich.) -- Biography.
Beaver Island (Mich.) -- History.
Michigan -- History.
Biographies.
True crime stories.