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.
An interesting mix of crime and religious history.
Like the narrator but I found the story very slow.
Classic and Compelling
This book is an American classic. The story is a back and forth historical account of the history of American West, the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith Etc, contrasted against the most notorious modern crime in Utah. So think of it as a True Crime/History. If you like Eric Larsson, you will probably find this book to your liking.
I see that the LDS community doesn't seem to like it, and that is not suprising; but I think that the historical accuracy of what is presented here is pretty well agreed upon or original content that the author has developed.