“I am sick, sick, sick of reading about Gordon Hinckley. There is just too much about Gordon Hinckley in this manuscript.” So said the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as he reviewed early drafts of his authorized biography with Sheri L. Dew, his biographer. Preferring to not be the centerpiece in his own biography, President Hinckley affirms instead that he’s just a common, ordinary man—”You can’t get a dollar bill out of fifteen cents!” However, this book shows that he is anything but ordinary.
In this biography, we read of an intellectually acute and wellschooled person with a delightful sense of humor, a highly respected and selfless Church leader and member of several First Presidencies for more than fifteen years, an articulate speaker, a people-person with a phenomenal memory for names and faces, and a spiritual man of God. Those who watched the profile of President Hinckley and the Church on CBS’s 60 Minutes will more than likely agree with Mike Wallace who said of him, “Generally speaking, he’s first rate.”