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Under the Banner of Heaven - A Story of Violent Faith

Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, 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 belief. Krakauer 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 adherents. Weaving 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 co

Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, 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 belief. Krakauer 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 adherents. Weaving 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 co
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Jon Krakauer's literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. In UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, 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 belief. Krakauer 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 adherents. Weaving 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 co

Language:

English

Length:

5h 25m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:48


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:15


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:50


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:05


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:03