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Janet Harrison, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Janet Harrison)
Fascinating history of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints leading up to the Warren Jeffs scandal. In depth look at church founders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, leading the pioneers from New York, through Missouri and Illinois, to Utah. The narration is intertwined with a detailed investigation of a murder plot involving members of the modern-day radical fundamentalist branches of the main church. Highly recommended!
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Janet Harrison, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Janet Harrison)
Fascinating history of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints leading up to the Warren Jeffs scandal. In depth look at church founders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, leading the pioneers from New York, through Missouri and Illinois, to Utah. The narration is intertwined with a detailed investigation of a murder plot involving members of the modern-day radical fundamentalist branches of the main church. Highly recommended!
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Sierra Volk, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Sierra Volk)
Every religion has its raw, burning core that simultaneously  inspires and terrifies its mainstream. (Zen Fundamentalists insist you must be two with everything.) 

"If Ron Lafferty is insane, it could be argued that so are most religious people. He believed he was receiving revelations from God, but revelation is a tenet of Mormonism. Despite carrying out horrible crimes, he felt he was doing the right thing, and was thus divorced from reality. But so is everyone who goes to war with a cross or a star or a crescent around their neck...."
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Lisa Brown, October 22, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa Brown)
you know a book is good when random strangers approach you in shanghai to strike up a conversation about it. equally skilled as a balanced reporter and engaging storyteller, krakauer consistently delivers informed, insightful, and thought-provoking books that resonate long after you've reached the back cover. as much a story about specific violent episodes in the history of both mainstream and fundamentalist mormonism (from pre-civil war to the murders perpetrated by two of the lafferty brothers) as it is about the nature of faith, organized religion, and extremism, "under the banner of heaven" provides a glimpse into part of the modern american story largely missing from our textbooks.
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Suz, April 3, 2007 (view all comments by Suz)
Krakauer has once again demonstrated his ability to write page-turning non-fiction. This book explores the differences between Mormons and Mormon Fundamentalists. Krakauer skillfully explains the origins of Mormonism, and the point where the Mormon Fundamentalists branched off from the Church of Latter Day Saints. Krakauer presents the information through true stories, interviews and historical fact, and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions.
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ISBN:
9781400032808
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Mormon fundamentalism.
Subject:
Christianity - Mormonism
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saomts (
Subject:
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (
Subject:
Murder
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 MAPS
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x .9 in .75 lb

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Product details 432 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400032808 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Riveting....Intriguing....Breezy, smooth and vigorously written, this ambitious book is entertaining and informative....Krakauer reconstructs the Lafferty brothers' descent into fatal fanaticism magnificently, interweaving their story throughout the book and giving this wide-ranging work narrative coherence and emotional resonance....[He is] a superb storyteller."
"Review" by , "Well-researched and evenhanded....Thought-provoking."
"Review" by , "[T]old with raw narrative force and tight focus....Krakauer lays the portent on beautifully, building his tales carefully from the ground up until they irresistibly, spookily combust."
"Review" by , "In collecting evidence, Mr. Krakauer ventures out to a lunatic fringe of polygamous self-appointed prophets....[T]his book provides more voyeuristic astonishment than curiosity or understanding."
"Review" by , "Terrifying....Startling....Mov[es] deftly between past and present [and] provides a fascinating glimpse of the church today."
"Review" by , "Marvelous....A departure from Into Thin Air and Into the Wild...but every bit as engrossing."
"Review" by , "A fascinating page-turner....Engrossing....Krakauer's knack for crackling narrative and taut focus...drives this thought-provoking story."
"Review" by , "A powerful look at how religious belief can cross the line into fanaticism."
"Review" by , "A hair-raising true-crimer."
"Synopsis" by , 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 Americas fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

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