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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
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Archive: Other Books > Under the Banner of Heaven (Listopia) by Jon Krakauer - 3 stars

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Ellen | 2217 comments Krakauer has obviously done exhaustive research once again for one of his books. This time he focuses in on the birth of Mormonism, its phenomenal growth in less than 200 years, the infighting that led to fundamentalist sects, and the horrific murder of a young wife and her baby daughter by Ron and Dan Lafferty, her brothers in law. While the history of the religion is quite fascinating, the endless parade of names, dates and revelations became quite tiresome after awhile. The true-crime tale of the Laffertys is heart-breaking especially in light of their claim that they were told to commit these murders by God. Blind faith is not always a good thing no matter what religion is involved. I wish I could rate this book higher as I gave 5 stars to "Into Thin Air" but I just did not enjoy it very much at all.

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6004 comments I really liked this one.

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