Intertwines the history of Mormonism with the story of a gruesome double murder of a young mother and her baby, with side trips to explore related crimes from the recent and more distant past. The author raises questions about whether such crimes are the result of madness, religion gone awry, or simply an extension of normal religious mentality. Reader Scott Brick does a great job holding the listener's attention with an intense and somewhat creepy reading style. The complexity of the interwoven stories makes the audio version a little difficult to follow at times.
It was a story that needs to be told, one the world barely knows.
There was so much to take in that it was a struggle to keep track at times.
The reader captured the emotions of the characters and intent of the author.
A strong sense of the author's voice.
That mixing religious dogma with government policy is very dangerous to say the least. That all religious fanaticism regardless of the particular faith is the antithesis of religious freedom. That any group of people in the United States that calls itself a "religion" seems to be able to operate tax free and avoid many of the laws of the land despite blatant disregard for individual and human rights. There are so many documented facts that are "interesting tidbits" that it is impossible to select just one.
I had no idea how much the information in this book would shock and impress me. I think it should be required reading in college and university basic courses in Western Civilization or related subject.
Jon Krakauer took me on a roller-coaster ride with this compelling story of Mormons, Mormonism, religion-at-large and the US legal system. I found myself, at different points in this book, defending, hating and simply questioning the Mormons in the center of this true story. As the author points out, this is a modern religion, having been born in recent times with modern record keeping and the printing press. Jon leverages that to go into great detail regarding the birth of the religion, its tumultuous history and the abhorrent events of 1984.
I saw many parallells between this modern religion and those that, perhaps only because of time, are considered orthodox.
Scott Brick's narration proved mildly troublesome. The book is filled with interviews and direct quotes. I found that distinguishing between the voice of the narrator and the voices(s) of the main characters difficult at times.
I grew up listening to the radio broadcast of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday mornings and thought The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was shrouded in mystery. Under the Banner of Heaven has lifted that shroud and challenged my own philosophies and beliefs.
Well researched, with quotations taken from all kinds of source material. However, it reads like a novel. The book isn't just about the murders, nor Mormonism, but religion as a whole. If you're not thinking by the end, you just don't think.
That it was a true story, well written, and very detailed information about how these brothers became to be murderers.
I understand that including this much information in a book must be incredibly difficult, but this book just jumped around so much with the information presented. It also probably had too much information which wasn't entirely relevant to the main case that Krakauer was presenting.
That being said, it's still a good read and I enjoyed it. I just thought I'd enjoy it more.
I didn't read the printed edition. This audio edition was excellent
The scene at The Mountain Meadows Massacre when the men of the wagon train have thrown down their guns, are being lead off and on a signal they are all shot in cold blood. All in the name of God. All the perpetrators are sworn to secrecy or they will be be murdered.
The inherent violence, the duplicity, and the willingness to do harm to anyone who is not of the faith (Mormon). What a history! They like to bleed the beast!
Great book well researched, By a person who tries not to inflame but inform oursides about Mormon History.
Sure...you got to love Scott Brick. He could read a phone book and make it sound exciting.
I'm not a religious person and I must admit I knew next to nothing about the Mormons going into this book. But I like Jon Krakauer's style and have enjoyed some of his other books immensely so I decided to give this one a chance. I'm glad I did. Some very interesting stuff going on here and Scott Brick keeps it entertaining.
Yes!! I'm not a religious person but this story about the mormons is like reading science fiction!
Jon Krakauer states facts, tells a true story, interjects true history,... and makes reading about Mormons like watching Star Wars.