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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

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Scott Brick

12 Hours 33 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2003

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NEW YORK TIMES 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 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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    This book was very interesting, but some parts were really hard to get though. Overall, good book, I would listen to it again.

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  • Tamra Olsen Ivie

    Th e book has s bad feeling to it I will not recommend it to any one

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  • Robin Knourek

    Narrator speaks quite fast and you have to really listen to catch everything. The book was great!

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