Ronald W. Walker is a professional historian living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Formerly a professor of history at University, he is the author or editor of eight books and more than five-dozen historical articles dealing mainly with Western, Utah, and . The History Association has recognized his work with many citations and awards, including its Best Book Award. He has served as president of the Mormon History Association. A native of Missouri and Montana, Walker was raised in the American Midwest and the San Joaquin Valley in California. He has made his home in Salt Lake City for the past thirty-five years. He and his wife, Nelani Midgley Walker, are the parents of seven children and fifteen grandchildren.
“A vivid, gripping narrative of one of the most notorious mass murders in all American history, and a model for how historians should do their work. This account of a long-controversial horror is scrupulously researched, enriched with contemporary illustrations, and informed by the lessons of more recent atrocities.”
— Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848