Krakauer has fast become one of my favorite non-fiction/journalistic writers. A writer for various travel magazines, Krakauer has turned a number of his articles into full size books. Under the Banner of Heaven follows the trial of Ron and Don Lafferty, two Mormon brothers who believed God had ordered them to kill their brother Allen’s wife and daughter. The book delves into the current Church of Later Day Saints, their attempts to distance themselves from their days of polygamy, splinter sects, Elizabeth Smart, Joseph Smith and men who talk to God… and have him talk back. A fascinating, insightful and disturbing read.
Also check out Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s disastrous trip up Mount Everest. Gritty and scary. A book to make armchair travelers appreciate their choice.