Under the Banner of Heaven

A Story of Violent Faith
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100024201
Released: Oct 17, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739329788
Narrator/s: Scott Brick
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

Author(s): Jon Krakauer
Original Publish Date: Oct 17, 2006

All formats/editions

Author(s): Jon Krakauer
Narrator(s): Jon Krakauer
Product Number B01821
Released: May 03, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739323663
Author(s): Jon Krakauer
Product Number EB00149168
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9781400078998

Professional reviews

"In an understated, almost astonished voice, narrator Scott Brick leads us into a uniquely American hell. This is the story of a 1984 double murder committed by a pair of fundamentalist Mormon brothers and, more broadly, a chilling tale of how religious fervor can lead to unimaginable consequences. Brick masterfully teases out the nuances in the author's arguments. The book alternates between descriptions of the murderous Lafferty brothers and a history of Mormonism from its nineteenth-century roots in upstate New York, Illinois, and Utah. Brick makes these transitions seamlessly in perfectly understandable tones and precise pacing. His voice is also sly at some points, as if he were doing verbal eyebrow raising in response to the book's events. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"

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