Jon Krakauer is the author of several best-selling works of nonfiction, including Into the Wild (1996), Into Thin Air, (1997), and Under the Banner of Heaven
: A Story of Violent Faith (2003).
In Park City last week, I talked to Jon Krakauer, the author of "Under the Banner of Heaven
,'' a history of Mormonism, and executive producer of "Prophet's Prey,'' a Showtime documentary, which was premiering at Sundance, about the most infamous Mormon polygamous cult.
DLB has been busy adapting mountaineer Jon Krakauer's book Under The Banner of Heaven
for Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
Well known writer Jon Krakauer narrates his extraordinary story in his book, "Under the Banner of Heaven
: A Story of Violent Faith".
While a text such as the AA The Big Book was not surprising to see on the list, I was intrigued when I noted the unexpected titles of The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright and Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven
, the latter of which details the history of the Fundamental Latter Day Saints and the story of two brothers affiliated with this religion.
The Tillman story is more deeply entwined in politics than Krakauer's previous books -- "Under the Banner of Heaven
,""Into Thin Air,""Into the Wild" and "Eiger Dreams" -- but he doesn't see that as a departure.
7 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN
: A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH In a time when people are increasingly turning to religion for answers (witness the Republican National Convention, where I spent four days taking pictures--yikes!), Jon Krakauer's book about the Mormon Church offers a riveting perspective on our nation.
Current Interest: Jon Krakauer, "Under the Banner of Heaven
: A Story of Violent Faith" (Doubleday); Gerald Posner, "Why America Slept: The Failure To Prevent 9/11" (Random House); Carlo Rotella, "Cut Time: An Education at the Fights" (Houghton Mifflin); Anthony Swofford, "Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles" (Scribner); Ross Terrill, "The New Chinese Empire -- And What It Means for the United States" (Basic Books)
UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN
: A Story of Violent Faith BY JON KRAKAUER DOUBLEDAY 2003, 373 PAGES, $26
Under the Banner of Heaven
: A Story of Violent Faith, by Jon Krakauer (New York: Doubleday, 2003, ISBN 0-385-50951-0) 372 pp.
Great discussions resulted from our readings of I Know This Much Is True (Wally Lamb), Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Jung Chang), Under the Banner of Heaven
(Jon Krakauer), and Paula (Isabel Allende).
'Under the Banner of Heaven
: A Story of Violent Faith' has upset members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by focusing on fundamentalist Mormons such as the Lafferty brothers who murdered their sister-in-law and her 15-month-old baby.