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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Product ID : 2444392
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Galleon Product ID 2444392
UPC / ISBN 1400032806
Shipping Weight 0.71 lbs
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer Anchor
Shipping Dimension 7.8 x 5.12 x 0.98 inches
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Author Jon Krakauer
Brand Anchor Books
Number Of Pages 432
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2004-06-08
Release Date 2004-06-08
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This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people 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.