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 and their 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 utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.
©2003 Jon Krakauer; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc., Published by arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Krakauer lays the portent on beautifully, building his tales carefully from the ground up until they irresistibly, spookily combust." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Krakauer presents details that indeed sound stranger than fiction." (The New York Times)
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.
I never read the print version.
By going back and forth between the history of the Mormon faith and the murder, you get a true understanding of the events.
The last stand of Joseph Smith.
I was moved by the coldness by which the murders were committed. Blind faith is scary.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
This is for the most part a study of the Mormon religion. It goes into detail about polygamy
and some fundamentalist beliefs in Mormonism. I found it very interesting.
This story is true and is a chilling example of mental illness. It is important to know that this IS NOT how this Mormon fundamentalist group believes. These were two brothers who were extremists like those found in every walk of life. The story is still an important one. It was well read by the narrator and was interesting from begining to end.
No-the topic is morose and the stories are repetitive, not the author's fault but the topic is so dreary and creepy. Well researched but I didn't find it worth knowing at this depth. However, its good to know the backround of Mormons-I suspect them all of secretly wanting plural marriages and marrying 14 year old girls.
Yes, all groups or religions have their dark side. Unless you have an axe to grind, its not of much use.
No, this is the first.
Probably important to know the sorrid history of the LDS but its not entertaining--like reading about the history of pedophiles and misogyny.
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