When it was issued in 2005, Lengthen Your Stride: The Presidency of Spencer W. Kimball was an overnight sensation among Mormon book buyers who applauded its candor and complexity.
But it was not the book Edward Kimball hoped to publish.
After nearly three decades of research, poring over the president's 33 journals and thousands of letters, and conducting scores of interviews with leaders and lay members, Kimball's manuscript had grown to about 665 pages, with about 3,200 footnotes. It clearly was too long for most readers, so Deseret Book edited it to a more manageable 471 pages, with skeletal notes. The LDS Church-owned publisher put the rest on a CD-ROM that was sold with the book. Few book lovers, though, have the patience or desire to read an entire volume on screen. So Benchmark Books, with Deseret Book's permission, has produced 400 copies of the original manuscript, with the previously published text in blue and omitted material in black ink.