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A Story of Violent FaithA multilayered bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion savage violence polygamy and unyielding faith This is vintage Krakauer an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behaviorJon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits In Under The Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith he shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders At the core of his book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this divinely inspired crime Krakauer constructs a multilayered bone chilling narrative of messianic delusion savage violence polygamy 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 beliefKrakauer takes readers inside isolated communities in the American West Canada and Mexico where some forty thousand Mormon Fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon Church went unforgivably astray when it renounced polygamy Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City the leaders of these outlaw sects are zealots who answer only to God Marrying prodigiously and with virtual impunity the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy five plural wives several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eighties fundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire sparing only their most obedient adherentsWeaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear eyed look at Mormonism’s violent past Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism The result is vintage Krakauer an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior


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