My first reaction to this book was to wonder whether I could learn anything new about the mission of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to the British Isles. However, I found myself captivated by the work of James B. Allen, Ronald K. Esplin, and David J. Whittaker. The authors’ careful interpretation of the men and the mission is interesting and enlightening. The book provides, as promised in the preface, “a depth and richness never before available” (xvi), enlarging our understanding of more Church history than the book’s four-year focus would suggest.
Each of the three authors of this volume brings his own expertise to the book, James Allen has written a monumental work on the early English convert William Clayton. David Whittaker has centered much of his work on the history of early Mormon publications and has read widely in British history sources. Ronald Esplin wrote an excellent dissertation on Brigham Young and has also published material concerning the women who were left at home.