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Author Jon Krakauer expertly jumps from the immediate horror of the Lafferty boys to the context of Mormonism and the wider questions of religious violence. In the process we are taken on a house of horrors ride through the badlands of fundamentalist Mormon religion. Krakauer introduces us to red necks with more than 30 "wives"--many who were "married" in their early teens. It's a story of fraud, child abuse, incest, physical violence and spiritual and emotional rape at a deep level.
The contemporary story is lurid and shocking, but as Krakauer relates the picaresque story of Joseph Smith--the founder of the Mormon religion--you realise that present day fundamentalist Mormons are far closer to their founder in spirit and behaviour than the more squeaky clean manifestations of modern Mormonism. This well researched and tightly written account gives a great potted history of Mormonism and illuminates the psychotic fringes of religious mentality. In doing so it reveals the wild dangers of spiritual free wheeling and the need for caution and restraint in religion. --Dwight Longenecker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's quite different from his other books about true-life adventure, such as UP IN THIN AIR, which I've had for years and loved... Read morePublished 18 days ago by vicky de rivera
Woah! This is really scary stuff. Yet another compelling example of truth being far more scarier than fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by keen reader
Well packed,very low price. Good value for money. Delivery a bit delayed due to customs, I believe.Published 3 months ago by Gert R.
Really enjoyed this-found it hard to put down. the hstorical sections and jumping back to the (almost) present day kept me alert. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Steve
Not what I thought it was but there again, maybe I didn't read the blurb properly.Published 7 months ago by Gershonite
Very long and a very heavy read. Was interested in the subject but gave up halfway. Story meanders all over the place and is hard to follow.Published 7 months ago by Sam
Jon Krakauer is a very engaging writer. This isn't his best book (I would say 'Into the Wild' and 'Into Thin Air' are considerably better) and it's somewhat disjointed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
A very informative and eye opening book. Living in the UK I have very little knowledge or understanding of the Mormon faith. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really excellent material, provides a good insight into the 'first principles' of the Mormon church. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer