Under the Banner of Heaven, review by:
Under the Banner of Heaven
By Jon Krakauer
"This is an unbelievably true story of religious fanaticism taken horribly too far. I typically do not read books with this type of subject matter because some of it is deeply disturbing. Also, the Mormon Church might frown upon my reading this because it casts the church's early history in a less than pristine light. However, I found it very educational and in an unexpected way, I was endeared to Joseph Smith more than before reading it in spite of the book's focus on his failures and shortcomings. It showed he was a flawed human being. Only Jesus was perfect, right? The author also clearly delineates the LDS Church and the splinter groups NOT associated with it that practice polygamy. On a side note: I crossed paths once with some bona fide FLDS polygamists in the Grand Canyon, of all places. They looked plucked directly from the 19th century."