Sex, murder, and the lying liars of mormonism
We took this book on summer vacation, and my son and i competed for reading time. riveting. the book is on the face of it a detailed case study of some religious nuts, which krakauer warns are hardly confined to the mormons (e.g. the inquisition). but it is most disturbingly a condemnation of the devious ways of the non-fundamentalist mormon hierarchy, for example their embracing the concept of "lying for the lord" (i.e. use of any means to thwart the non-mormon). krakauer to his credit repeatedly reminds the reader that mormonism is subject of special scrutiny as it was started only in the 19th century so we have lots of documentation, e.g., on its charismatic and sexually obsessed founder. in any case, the reader is left to draw his/her own conclusions. in one of the best parts, the author shows the parallels between fundamentalist christianity and islam. the actions of the murderous forefathers of the newly appointed head of the us epa are described. oh - if you just like juicy sex and-murder stories, there's lots of that here too.