"Fantastic. . . . Right up there with In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"Powerfully illuminating. . . . Almost every section of the book is fascinating in its own right, and together the chapters make a rich picture. . . . An arresting portrait of depravity."
--The New York Times Book Review
"This year's most audacious work of nonfiction. . . . A white-knuckle mix of true-crime reporting and provocative history."
--New York Post
"Scrupulously reported and written with Krakauer's usual exacting flair, Under the Banner of Heaven is both illuminating and thrilling. It is also the creepiest book anyone has written in a long time--and that's meant as the highest possible praise."
"Krakauer writes with almost astonishing narrative force. It is hard to stop reading."
--The Baltimore Sun
"Stunningly researched. . . . Elegant reportage. . . . An evenhanded inquiry into the nature of religious belief itself."
"Captivating. . . . Fascinating and appalling. . . . [Krakauer] should be applauded--and read."
--The San Diego Union-Tribune
"A great book. . . . Krakauer has found a fascinating story in plain sight, right in the heart of the American West, and told it with the narrative drive and unflinching honesty that marked his 1998 best seller, Into Thin Air."
"Jon Krakauer is at his provocative best."
--The New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A fascinating page-turner. . . . Engrossing. . . . Krakauer's knack for crackling narrative and taut focus . . . drives this thought-provoking story."
--The Columbus Dispatch
"A hair-raising true-crimer."
"Terrifying. . . . Startling. . . . Mov[es] deftly between past and present [and] provides a fascinating glimpse of the church today."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A powerful portrait of how two seemingly ordinary Americans became murderers."
"Illuminating . . . provocative. . . . Krakauer is an adept chronicler of extremists [and] the tour guide of choice for secular quests."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Marvelous. . . . A departure from Into Thin Air and Into the Wild . . . but every bit as engrossing."
"Well-researched and evenhanded. . . . Thought-provoking."
"Startling. . . . Timely. . . . Krakauer uncovers a ghastly trail of forced marriage, polygamy, violence and mind control. . . . A chilling look at Mormon fundamentalism."
--The Charlotte Observer
"Horrific, gripping. . . . Soberly written and courageously reported."
"Engrossing. . . . Incisive. . . . [Krakauer is] a very careful reporter. . . . His clear-headed, unbiased examination of the church--leavened with genuine respect--and his conclusions . . . are hard to argue with."
--Boulder Daily Camera
"One hell of a chilling read."
"Compelling. . . . Provocative. . . . Illuminating. . . . A gripping tale."
--The Christian Science Monitor
"A disturbing picture of Mormon fundamentalists. . . . Krakauer's straightforward style and excellent storytelling ability make the book interesting."
--Rocky Mountain News
"A terrific read."
"Riveting. . . . Intriguing. . . . Breezy, smooth and vigorously written, this ambitious book is entertaining and informative. . . . Krakauer reconstructs the Lafferty brothers' descent into fatal fanaticism magnificently, interweaving their story throughout the book and giving this wide-ranging work narrative coherence and emotional resonance. . . . [He is] a superb storyteller."
--The News & Observer
"A powerful look at how religious belief can cross the line into fanaticism."
--San Jose Mercury News