Information on Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven

Someone that I work with read Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, and he bugged me for several months to read it (he thought it would convince me that Mormonism was a sham). In July of 2004, I read the book and compiled more than 60 pages of hand-written notes detailing the book’s inaccuracies, but this guy didn’t seem interested enough to go over them in any detail. Not wishing to bug him for months the way that he did me, I condensed my notes into a 4½ page book review, which I completed on Wednesday, August 11, 2004. Over the course of the ensuing year, I made tell-tale stylistic changes and other minor improvements.

The purpose of the review is two-fold: First, to dispense with Krakauer’s book in a reasonably thorough manner; second, to be readable. This review should at least persuade readers that Krakauer’s claims are questionable and that he has only a cursory grasp on the topics that he addresses.

The review contains no source citations, which reflects two things. (a) the review was intended for casual reading, and (b) my objections were made and supported from memory rather than direct research. Since the review makes neither controversial assertions nor claims that are difficult to verify, I haven’t (yet) bothered to add citations.

The review is available below in the following formats:

Just so that there is no misunderstanding: I am a practicing Mormon.

If you’d like to reach me concerning this review, use dlandrith at mac dot com.