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Allegra Goodman, Lawrence Gonzales and Fannie Flagg each bring a fresh spin to familiar plots, while Jon Krakauer indicts Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson.
Jon Krakauer's latest book sheds new light on the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman, who left the Arizona Cardinals to fight in Afghanistan. The author examines the soldier's death by friendly fire, and the government's subsequent effort to cover that up.
After 10 years, the best-selling book Into the Wild is coming to the big screen. Author Jon Krakauer discusses the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man who went to live off the land in the Alaskan wilderness, where he died at age 24.
In his book Under the Banner of Heaven, author Jon Krakauer examined the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of fundamentalist splinter groups, who are not Mormons and who broke off from the church after it abandoned the practice of plural marriages. The book excerpt below looks at the history of the polygamous community in Colorado City, Ariz.
Krakauer is the author of the book Into Thin Air, about the disastrous 1996 Mount Everest climb in which eight climbers were killed. His new book, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, is about Mormon fundamentalism and the story of the two Lafferty brothers who murdered a woman and her infant daughter because they say that they had received a revelation from God to do so. Krakauer reports there are some 40,000 Mormon fundamentalists in the American West, Canada and Mexico. The Mormon Church does not recognize fundamentalists as part of their faith.
Best-selling writer Jon Krakauer turns from mountains to Mormons in his latest book, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, which attempts to link violence among non-Mormon polygamists to Mormon beliefs and history. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints rejects Krakauer's premise. NPR's Howard Berkes reports.