Brigham H. Roberts's missionary zeal, intellectual heft, political acumen, published works, and devotion to Mormonism ensured his legacy for today's generation. But his legacy remains complex. An updated biographical treatment has been long overdue. John Sillito's study offers a thorough look into the “public” life of Roberts, examining his missionary or speaking tours, ecclesiastical ministry, political ups and downs, and stubborn defense of his own ideology.

Sillito gives us a sweeping survey of Roberts's life (1857–1933). By necessity, we are given an uneven treatment due to limited source material, Sillito's own biographical interest, and the limitations of a single-volume biography of a prolific author and hard-working individual. Born in England and arriving in Utah by age nine, Roberts grew up in territorial Utah at a time when Latter-day Saints grappled with the increased pressure of the federal government to eliminate the practice of polygamy. Roberts's place in Utah and Mormonism...

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