Confessions of a Revisionist Historian : David L. Bigler on the Mormons and the West
Salt Lake City, UT; Spokane, WA
Tanner Trust Fund and J. Willard Marriott Library : Capital A Publications
For much of his career, both David Bigler and his critics used the term "revisionist historian" as an epithet. But after decades wading through what Wallace Stegner called the "morass" of frontier Mormonism's "enormous, repetitious, contradictory, and embattled" history, David concluded, "If ever there was a revisionist historian, I'm it. And if ever a chapter of our nation's history needed revising, it is this one." In its characteristic "good-humored and gentle way," Confessions of a Revisionist Historian, includes nineteen articles, essays, presentations, tributes, and a love story. This collection showcases what fellow historian Polly Aird called Mr. Bigler's "legacy of path-breaking research, honesty, and historical integrity." This work stands as an enduring tribute to a gifted chronicler's ability to examine the facts, step outside the box of sanctified interpretation, and evaluate the evidence in an entirely new way-and offer perceptive original insights into the significant human events that made today's American West.