By Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer’s literary attractiveness rests on insightful chronicles of lives carried out on the outer limits. He now shifts his concentration from extremes of actual experience to extremes of non secular trust inside of our personal borders, taking readers within remoted American groups the place a few 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists nonetheless perform polygamy. Defying either civil professionals and the Mormon institution in Salt Lake urban, the renegade leaders of those Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who solution simply to God.
At the middle of Krakauer’s booklet are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they acquired a commandment from God to kill a innocent lady and her female offspring. starting with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double homicide, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic fantasy, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding religion. alongside the way in which he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s quickest becoming faith, and increases provocative questions on the character of non secular trust.