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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jon Krakauer

In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. InUnder the Banner … see full wiki

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Author: Jon Krakauer
Genre: History, Religion & Spirituality
Publisher: Doubleday
2 reviews about Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent...
review by . July 28, 2004
On the recommendation of my sister, I went to the library and picked up Under The Banner Of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. It's a look at a murder of a woman and her baby by two Mormon Fundamentalists who claimed that God told them to kill the victims. But while that's the core premise on the cover, it's really a deeper examination of the Mormon religion and how the Fundamentalist groups have split off over the issue of "plural marriages", or polygamy. I found the book and material interesting and challenging …
review by . February 25, 2004
The brutal murders of Brenda Lafferty and her infant daughter by Ron and Dan Lafferty are at the center of this examination of Mormon fundamentalism. If your only exposure to the writing of John Krakauer has been his personal account of an ill-fated Mount Everest expedition (Into Thin Air), you'll be pleased to discover that his abilities as a writer stretch much further than the first person narrative. Under the Banner of Heaven is an engrossing inspection of religious zealotry focusing on Ron …
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