Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2004 - True Crime - 372 pages
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Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.


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Review: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

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Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question. Predictably, if you are a Mormon you won't like this book, although ... Read full review

Review: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

"Men of god and men of war have strange affinities." -Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West The history of the Mormon religion cries out to be adapted into an action ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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About the author (2004)

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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