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 theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, 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.Learn More
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A New York Times bestseller
A 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest
A 2003 ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
Almost too strange to believe... almost.
- This is a dense book, full of detailed and amazing accounts of the founding of the Mormon faith and it's many splinter groups. While history is not kind to most religions, the author treated the Mormon history with detached respect. Interwoven with the history is the tragic story of revelation from God gone awry, that results in the death of innocent people. This book is best listened to when you have some time and space to focus. Lots of dates and names.
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