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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith


Book Overview: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

NATIONAL BESTSELLER - From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America's isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. - Now an acclaimed FX limited series streaming on HULU.

"Fantastic.... Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song." --San Francisco Chronicle

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; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities.

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.

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Publication Date2004
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Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer is an acclaimed American writer and mountaineer, renowned for his works of adventure and exploration. Born in 1954 in Massachusetts, Krakauer's passion for climbing developed from an early age, which later greatly influenced his writing. As a highly skilled mountaineer, he has embarked on numerous dangerous expeditions, including an ill-fated climb of Mount Everest in 1996, which he chronicled in his bestselling book "Into Thin Air." His other well-known works include "Into the Wild" and "Under the Banner of Heaven," both observing the extremes of human nature. A meticulous researcher and compelling storyteller, Krakauer's works often delve into the psychological motives of his subjects. His writing has earned him numerous awards such as the National Magazine Award for Reporting and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.


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