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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith - Community Reviews back

by Jon Krakauer
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EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it 1 month ago
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 t...
KatieMc
KatieMc rated it 3 years ago
When a man kills a woman and her toddler in cold blood and claims god told him to do it, your first reaction is he must be crazy. Because only a crazy person would do that, right? Actually, he's quite rational under the construct of his belief system. The biggest and most disturbing takeaway from th...
Bmore Bookish
Bmore Bookish rated it 5 years ago
Actual rating = 3.5. Very graphic descriptions of violence. Parts reminded me of In Cold Blood, but maybe even more disturbing. Gave me a nightmare that I murdered someone and was being chased by the police and my mom (who may or may not have been a police officer in the dream).
futurista
futurista rated it 5 years ago
One thing I’ve noticed about Krakauer books is that I always feel as if the author wrote all the subjects for the book on index cards, threw them up in the air, collected them, and then shuffled them before writing. He seems to write a chapter based on one particular interview or idea rather than wr...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 5 years ago
First, I have to say that Krakauer's writing is fantastic. He sweeps up the reader. He tells stories wonderfully. He never talks down to either his reader or his subject. For instance, in this book it would have been quite easy for Krakauer to protray every polygamist as evil. This he does not ...
Something clever I'll change later
Something clever I'll change later rated it 5 years ago
Original rating from when I read this in 2007 was 5 stars.It is interesting how my view has changed in the years since I originally read (well, listened) to this book. I know a lot more about myself, religion, my own views on religion, but most of all, I know more about Jon Krakauer. And honestly, t...
Bookivorous
Bookivorous rated it 5 years ago
This is the third book by Krakauer I've read, the first two being Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (I'm a bit of a wilderness nerd) so I had him down as an outdoor enthusiast. I was intrigued to find out he had also written a book about a notorious murder - of a young women and her baby by two of her...
bibliokay
bibliokay rated it 5 years ago
Under the Banner of Heaven was a fascinating read. The starting point for the book is the horrendous and callous murder of a woman and baby. On the other end, the starting point is the foundation of Mormanism by Joseph Smith. Tracing the tangled history of Mormanism and fundamental Mormanism leads d...
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it 5 years ago
Good grief. At the time of this posting there are almost 70,000 ratings and baskets of reviews. So why another one? Good question.Predictably, if you are a Mormon you won’t like this book, although it does seem to be well-researched and relatively even-handed. What appears to us skeptics as just...
nouveau
nouveau rated it 6 years ago
competent writing by a master stylist, but whereas [b:Into Thin Air|1898|Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster|Jon Krakauer|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320529390s/1898.jpg|1816662] was gripping and arguably, couldn't lose a word, Krakauer fails to elicit the outrage and sen...
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