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The Power of Belief,
This review is from: Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (Paperback)
A bleak, fascinating, occassionally despairing yet utterly compelling study of belief. Under the banner of heaven examines fundamentalism in detail and explores the emerging all-American religion of Mormonism and shows what it means to believe.
Krakauer's intense research reflects how other mainstream religions and prophets may have emerged in the past when there weren't as many people studying and taking records of such a phenomenon.
Scarily the justifications and reasonings for his protagonist's murderous and slave-mongering actions are all to familiar from the words spoken by contemporary leaders and our own inner voices. It is a gripping departure from his early works, in terms of subject matter, and he continues to try and understand what motivates others to do the things they do.
Hopefully the author will give himself a break for his future studies and write about something where nobody dies - but I doubt it.