The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Author Jeff Guinn
ISBN-10 1476763828
ISBN-13 9781476763828
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 544
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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By the New York Times bestselling author of Manson the comprehensive authoritative and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacrethe largest murder suicide in American history In the 1950s a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism His congregation was racially integrated and he was a much lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement Eventually Jones moved his church Peoples Temple to northern California He became involved in electoral politics and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader In this riveting narrative Jeff Guinn examines Joness life from his extramarital affairs drug use and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November 1978 when more than nine hundred people diedincluding almost three hundred infants and childrenafter being ordered to swallow a cyanide laced drink Guinn examined thousands of pages of FBI files on the case including material released during the course of his research He traveled to Joness Indiana hometown where he spoke to people never previously interviewed and uncovered fresh information from Jonestown survivors He even visited the Jonestown site with the same pilot who flew there the day that Congressman Leo Ryan was murdered on Joness orders The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown

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