Thousand Lives The Untold Story of Jonestown

ISBN-10: 1416596402

ISBN-13: 9781416596400

Edition: N/A

Authors: Julia Scheeres

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“A gripping account of how decent people can be taken in by a charismatic and crazed tyrant” (The New York Times Book Review).In 1954, a pastor named Jim Jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. He was a charismatic preacher with idealistic beliefs, and he quickly filled his pews with an audience eager to hear his sermons on social justice. After Jones moved his church to Northern California in 1965, he became a major player in Northern California politics. Even as Jones’s behavior became erratic and his message more ominous, his followers found it increasingly difficult to pull away from the church. By the time Jones relocated the Peoples Temple a final time to a remote jungle in Guyana and the U.S. government decided to investigate allegations of abuse and false imprisonment in Jonestown, it was too late.     A Thousand Lives is the story of Jonestown as it has never been told before. New York Times bestselling author Julia Scheeres drew from thousands of recently declassified FBI documents and audiotapes, as well as rare videos and interviews, to piece together an unprecedented and compelling history of the doomed camp, focusing on the people who lived there.     The people who built Jonestown wanted to forge a better life for themselves and their children. In South America, however, they found themselves trapped in Jonestown and cut off from the outside world as their leader goaded them toward committing “revolutionary suicide” and deprived them of food, sleep, and hope.      Vividly written and impossible to forget, A Thousand Lives is a story of blind loyalty and daring escapes, of corrupted ideals and senseless, haunting loss.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Introduction
An Adventure
Church
Redwood Valley
"Dad"
Edith
Traitors
Exodus
Pioneers
The Promised Land
Georgetown
Siege
Bullets to Kill Bumblebees
Runaways
Concern
Control
Release
Drill
Hyacinth
Stanley
Relatives
The Embassy
The Widening Gyre
Escape
Chaos
November
Ryan
End
Bodies
Survivors
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Reading Group Guide
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