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Under the banner of heaven: a story of violent faith
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Published:
New York, New York : Doubleday, 2003.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st edition.
Physical Desc:
xxiii, 372 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Accelerated Reader:
IL: UG - BL: 10 - AR Pts: 23
Lexile measure:
1350L
Rating:
1350L
Status:

Description

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, andMexico, 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 confounding realm of human behavior.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
0385509510, 9780385509510, 1400032806
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 10, 23 Points
Lexile measure:
1350

Notes

General Note
Maps on lining papers.
General Note
Nonfiction.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [351]-358) and index.
Description
Traces the events that surrounded the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons Ron and Dan Lafferty, exploring the belief systems and traditions, including polygamy, that mark the faith's most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America.
Target Audience
1350L,Lexile
Study Program Information
Accelerated Reader AR,UG,10,23,74916.

Citations

APA Citation (style guide)

Krakauer, J. (2003). Under the banner of heaven: a story of violent faith. 1st edition. New York, New York, Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Krakauer, Jon. 2003. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. New York, New York, Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Krakauer, Jon, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. New York, New York, Doubleday, 2003.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Krakauer, Jon. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. 1st edition. New York, New York, Doubleday, 2003.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2022. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.

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