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Book Reviews of Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith
Under the Banner of Heaven A Story of Violent Faith
Author: Jon Krakauer
ISBN-13: 9780385509510
ISBN-10: 0385509510
Publication Date: 7/15/2003
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 139 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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aafolk avatar reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith on
Helpful Score: 2
Fascinating book. It is rare that I come across a book that I can't put down, but this was one of them. Mr. Krakauer's research into the history of mormonism really opened my eyes, and I have done further research since reading this book into the subject. I applaud the rare book that inspires you to look into the topic with more depth.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting look into the extremist/polygamist cults that have broken away from mainstream Mormon belief.
ajk321 avatar reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith on + 19 more book reviews
This book is OK. I enjoyed the modern parts, but the historical accounts tended to drag a little bit. Definitely not a light, quick read.
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Very well written. Outstanding book.
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I enjoyed getting a better understanding of the history of the Mormon religion and the roots and struggles surrounding polygamy. However, the murder that is the main theme of the book seems to be a footnote to what is in essence a book about Mormonism, it's history and beliefs.
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This is an extremely well written book. I could only read it a little at a time because the details are often sickening. I was truly amazed and appalled to learn that a sect that openly abuses girls and women is allowed to exist in the United States.
AllieFWilliam avatar reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith on + 97 more book reviews
Compelling and tragic...hard to put down. Never knew mormons had such a violent background and some men are still taking on plural wives, even young teenage girls.
gibsongirl avatar reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith on + 18 more book reviews
Well-written true crime situated within its historical and cultural context. Shines a light on a shadowy American sub-culture.
gleninchi avatar reviewed Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith on + 16 more book reviews
What an amazing story! The line between Christian and Fundamentalist is definately crossed here. This true story will break your heart and scare you at the same time.
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This book is about the violent history of Mormonism but it should be titled UNDER THE BANNER OF STUPIDITY because anyone who believes that this man had a revelation from heaven and had gold tablets given to him and then disappeared has fewer marbles than any human being I know. With all due respect for those who love God and his only son Jesus...WHAT ARE YOU THINKING TO BELIEVE MORMONISM! Unbelievable! Youve got to read this book for the sheer shocking truth behind this pseudo-religion.
What a crock! If you are not religious then I assume the virgin birth seem a bit outlandish but really you dont have an idea what outlandish is until you read what Joseph Smith pulled over the eyes of, forgive me, really stupid people!
And for every man who has practiced Mormonism and plurality of wives and told these young teenage girls that God said they must marry them or be banished to hell, has in my opinion, just sealed their own hellish fate!
Well I thought Id read just about everything but this true story, while well written and I commend the author, this religion takes the audacious and brutal cake of a bizarre faith and twists it around and trys to force us to eat it! I give it a 3 for originality and a 10 for exposing the Mormons brazen hypocracy and evilness personified.