Under the Banner of Heaven
A Story of Violent Faith
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Featuring: Ron Lafferty; Dan Lafferty
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Non-Fiction | Non-Fiction Biography
Jon Krakauerâ€™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 Krakauerâ€™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 Americaâ€™s fastest growing religion, and raises
provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.
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