Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith, Paperback

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (20 ratings)


Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God.

Krakauer's investigation is a meticulously researched, bone-chilling narrative of polygamy, savage violence and unyielding faith: an incisive, gripping work of non-fiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behaviour. 'A provocative look at the twisted roots of American fundamentalism' Will Self, Evening Standard Books of the Year 'Excellent ...a lucid, judicious, even sympathetic account not just of Mormon Fundamentalism but of the seductive power of fanaticism in general' Daily Telegraph 'Krakauer writes exceptionally well: as thrilling as Capote on true crime, as devastating as Nietzsche on religious fundamentalism' Scotland on Sunday 'Remarkable ...for anyone interested in the wilder frontiers of spiritual conviction, this book is a must' Independent 'Krakauer is an adept chronicler of extremists, and he's as intent on understanding religious fanatics as he was in his earlier books on exploring the obsessions of monomaniacal adventurers' Los Angeles Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 372 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780330419123



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Very interesting, very scary account of Mormon fundamentalism.

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One of the best books that I have read in recent years. Eye opening and frightening to know that this religion is unfolding in our backyard.

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It was interesting thinking about the legal ramifications of the freedom of religion and the line between zealots (extreme fundamentalists) and actual insanity. Also, it is fascinating to see a religion blossom as most where created long before good historical record keeping. This was a book that really had my brain working.

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Interesting look at a handful of fundamentalist Mormon sects, their history and way of life.

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Krakauer weaves the past and present together by alternating chapters on the history of Mormonism with an account of a recent murder within the Mormon community in this compelling book.

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