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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

God Told Me to Kill You

A review by Doug Brown

On July 24, 1984, two fundamentalist Mormon brothers brutally murdered their sister-in-law and her baby girl, believing they were fulfilling a revelation that one of the brothers had received from God. Today they reside in federal prisons. The older brother, Ron (who had the revelation), is on death row and following every avenue for appeal. The younger brother, Dan, is serving a life sentence and seems okay with it (Krakauer says he refers to prison as a "monastery"). Krakauer spoke to Dan for the book, but not Ron. Under the Banner of Heaven tells in parallel the story of the Lafferty brothers and their descent into fundamentalism alongside the history of the Mormon Church.

The modern Mormon Church is quick to distance itself from fundamentalists; most are excommunicated from the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) community. The church downplays the history of plural marriage (polygamy) in Mormonism, to the point of maintaining that Brigham Young was monogamous (history says otherwise...

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The Third Reich at War: 1939-1945 by Richard J. Evans

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This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America by Ryan Grim

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard

Together under One Roof: Making a Home of the Buddha's Household by Lin Jensen

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce

The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories by John Biguenet

Travels with Barley: A Journey through Beer Culture in America by Ken Wells

Treasure Island (Enriched Classics) by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Triumph of the Thriller: How Cops, Crooks, and Cannibals Captured Popular Fiction by Patrick Anderson

The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by Lee Smolin

True Enough by Stephen Mccauley

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Under the Skin by Michel Faber

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Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini: The Essential Reference by Elizabeth Schneider

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Walden and Civil Disobedience (Penguin American Library) by Henry David Thoreau

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A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'brien

The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

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The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare

What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty by John Brockman

What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay

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When the Nines Roll Over and Other Stories by David Benioff

When We Were Orphans (Vintage International) by Kazuo Ishiguro

Where Madness Reigns: The Art of Gris Grimly by Gris Grimly

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Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005 by Margaret Atwood

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The Year of Endless Sorrows: A Novel by Adam Rapp

Zeroville by Steve Erickson

Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991 by Scott McCloud

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