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Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
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Apr 25, 2009

really liked it
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Jon Krakauer is a journalist primarily known for his excellent books on mountaineering and adventuring. He began this book while investigating murders of a mother and her daughter that was committed by two brothers who claimed they were acting on orders from God. The brothers belonged to a fundamentalist sect of Mormonism, and the book is an exploration of this sect, fundamentalism and the history of the Mormon Church. What the book is NOT is an attack on the Mormon church itself; Krakauer does a good job of telling the history of the Mormon faith while distinguishing the distinct path that the fundamentalists took away from the church. An intriguing look at how fundamentalism can lead some people far astray from the path that their church intended.

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