By Jeff Guinn
In the Nineteen Fifties, a tender Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious mixture of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation used to be racially built-in, and he used to be a much-lauded chief within the modern civil rights move. ultimately, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California. He turned keen on electoral politics, and shortly was once a fashionable Bay region leader.
In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s existence, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent religion therapeutic to the fraught selection to maneuver virtually one thousand of his fans to a payment within the jungles of Guyana in South the US. Guinn offers beautiful new information of the occasions resulting in the deadly day in November, 1978 while greater than 9 hundred humans died—including virtually 300 babies and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.
Guinn tested millions of pages of FBI records at the case, together with fabric published in the course of the process his learn. He traveled to Jones’s Indiana fatherland, the place he spoke to humans by no means formerly interviewed, and exposed clean details from Jonestown survivors. He even visited the Jonestown web site with an analogous pilot who flew there the day that Congressman Leo Ryan used to be murdered on Jones’s orders. the line to Jonestown is the definitive e-book approximately Jim Jones and the occasions that resulted in the tragedy at Jonestown.
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