40 years ago today - Nov 15, 1979-Thursday

[Leonard Arrington]

We saw an advertisement in Bookcraft's Christmas brochure for Truman Madsen's biography of B. H. Roberts. I went to Carol [Cornwall] Madsen to express delight. Gordon Madsen happened to be with her. He said it may not come out after all. He said that Truman had decided to clear it with the General Authorities before publishing, so he took a copy of the manuscript to Elder [Gordon B.] Hinckley. Brother Hinckley said he would refuse to read it. He just didn't have time and didn't want to be responsible. So he said it should be cleared through President [Spencer W.] Kimball's office. He then gave the copy to President Kimball, who appointed Mark Petersen to read it. I told Gordon it'll never come out. [[Publication was delayed slightly, but the book appeared early in 1980 after Mark E. Petersen deferred to G. Homer Durham's judgment.]]

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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