Under the Banner of Heaven

I chose Under the Banner of Heaven to listen to on the 1700 mile road trip I took with my 17 year old. My son and I have read Jon Krakauer in the past, so it seemed like a good compromise. However, while interesting, we didn’t change to 1.5x speed early enough and suffered a bit as I mandated that we finish what we had started. Amazon: “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; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. 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.” While overall, there were interesting things to learn, it was too long and too boring. Not Krakauer’s best.

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