Most books on the history of mission education in South Africa mention Alexander William Roberts only in passing or in a footnote. Keith Snedegar, Professor of World History at Utah Valley University, has taken the trouble to study the rich material contained in Roberts’s papers besides that in an impressive number of other collections, and to reconstruct his life’s story. . . . Snedegar does not hide his critical attitude and provides a portrait that shows Roberts’s weaknesses and limitations. His study is a welcome addition to the complex history of South Africa liberalism, but at least as much a contribution to the history of education and the historiography of knowledge and science.