Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Thank you for supporting UPR’s spring member drive! We are still working on the final stretch to reach our goal. Help us get there! GIVE NOW

'Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth And Corporate Power' With Historian Michael Quinn

Benchmark Books

Salt Lake Tribune religion reporter Peggy Fletcher Stack writes that “[s]ome Mormons — and plenty of others — were appalled to witness their church build a $1.5 billion mall in downtown Salt Lake City and hear their prophet proclaim, “Let’s go shopping.” Isn’t religion, they argued, supposed to be about feeding the hungry and clothing the poor? How is selling Tiffany jewelry, Nordstrom cocktail dresses and luxury condos any part of a Christian faith?” That’s the introduction to her report on historian Michael Quinn’s book “The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power.” Quinn, by the way, says that the LDS church sees its mission as serving both the spiritual and physical needs of its people.

The Friends of Merrill-Cazier Library Spring Lecture will feature D. Michael Quinn discussing his book “The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power.” The lecture is Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m., in Merrill-Cazier Library Room 101.

A California-native, Quinn served in U.S. military Intelligence for three years, then joined the research writing staff of Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington before attending Yale University for his Ph.D. After 12 years of professorship at BYU, he became an independent scholar. His last academic position was in Yale's Department of History.

His works include “Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark,” “Early Mormonism and the Magic World View,” “Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth Century Americans: A Mormon Example,” and “The Mormon Hierarchy” series. His books have received awards from the American Historical Association, the John Whitmer Historical Association and the Mormon History Association.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.