Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

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Krakauer follows the implications of those arguments to their end, turning Under The Banner Of Heaven into an understated, unsettling critique of the American pioneer spirit, and the way the charismatic leaders who built the country could be read as simple psychotic narcissists.
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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.
 

About Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer is a part-time mountaineer and a full-time writer. He is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and writes for many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Seattle, Washington. "From the Paperback edition.
 
Published June 8, 2004 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Noel Murray on Aug 05 2003

Krakauer follows the implications of those arguments to their end, turning Under The Banner Of Heaven into an understated, unsettling critique of the American pioneer spirit, and the way the charismatic leaders who built the country could be read as simple psychotic narcissists.

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