Under The Banner Of Heaven

Jon Krakauer

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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, and Mexico, 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 andtheir 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 utter

Jon Krakauer, geboren 1954, arbeitet als Wissenschaftsjournalist für amerikanische Zeitschriften. Für seine Reportagen wurde er mit zahlreichen Preisen ausgezeichnet. Er lebt mit seiner Frau in Colorado.

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Seitenzahl 372
Erscheinungsdatum Juli 2003
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-385-50951-0
Verlag Bantam Dell
Maße (L/B/H) 24.3/16.7/3.3 cm
Gewicht 699 g

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The author Jon Krakauer describes the development of the splitting of the mormony faith into fundamentalism and neutral church. The development is described from the beginning as Joseph Smith decided to found a own church until the terrible murder in 1984. Moreover the author mentions the trials of the murderers Dan Lafferty and... The author Jon Krakauer describes the development of the splitting of the mormony faith into fundamentalism and neutral church. The development is described from the beginning as Joseph Smith decided to found a own church until the terrible murder in 1984. Moreover the author mentions the trials of the murderers Dan Lafferty and his brother Ron Lafferty who are waiting in prisons for their death penatly.

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