Confessions of a Revisionist Historian: David L. Bigler on the Mormons and the West
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: University of Utah Tanner Trust Fund
Date Published: 2015
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 43667
286 pp. Octavo [24 cm]; red and black cloth covered boards with silver stamping. Illustrated dust jacket.
Includes an appreciation by Polly Aird. Edited by Will Bagley. "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 Bigler's characteristic "good-humored and gentle way," Confessions of a Revisionist Historian, includes eighteen 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."