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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Contributor(s): Krakauer, Jon (Author)

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ISBN: 1400032806     ISBN-13: 9781400032808
Publisher: Anchor Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2004

Annotation: Jon Krakauer'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 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.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Christianity - Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints (mormon)
- True Crime | Murder - General
- History | United States - 20th Century
Dewey: 289.33
LCCN: 2004559884
Lexile Measure: 1350(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.94" H x 5.22" W x 8.01" (0.71 lbs) 432 pages
- Chronological Period - 1950-1999
- Religious Orientation - Mormonism/Lds
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 74916
Reading Level: 10.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 23.0
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