Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rosalita - LibraryThing
Jon Krakauer's look at the Mormon religion — or more precisely, the fundamentalist pro-polygamy offshoots of the modern Latter-Day Saints — was both fascinating and disturbing. I'm pretty agnostic ... Read full review
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Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer is his examination of the Mormon religion and some of it’s offshoots. Using the story of a well known murder case when two Mormon fundamentalist brothers ... Read full review