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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith


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Jon Krakauers 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 Krakauers 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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About the Author

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

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Krakauer, Jon
Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Krakauer, Jon
Krakauer, Jon
Krakauer, Jon
Jon Krakauer, read by the author
Murder - General
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Da
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saomts (
Christianity - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (
United States - 20th Century
Christianity - Mormonism
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