By Jeff Guinn
“A completely readable, completely chilling account of a super con guy and his all-too weak prey” (The Boston Globe)—the definitive tale of preacher Jim Jones, who used to be answerable for the Jonestown bloodbath, the most important murder-suicide in American background, through the New York Times bestselling writer of Manson.
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 combined, and he was once a pace-setter within the early civil rights move. finally, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California, the place he obtained eager about electoral politics and have become a famous Bay zone chief. yet beneath the outside lurked a bad darkness.
during this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s existence, from his early days as an idealistic minister to a mystery lifetime of extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent religion therapeutic, sooner than the fateful choice to maneuver nearly 1000 of his fans to a cost within the jungles of Guyana in South the US. Guinn offers beautiful new info of the occasions resulting in the deadly day in November, 1978 while greater than 9 hundred humans died—including nearly 300 babies and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.
Guinn tested hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI records at the case, together with fabric published through the process his learn. He traveled to Jones’s Indiana homeland, the place he spoke to humans by no means formerly interviewed, and exposed clean info from Jonestown survivors. He even visited the Jonestown website with an identical pilot who flew there the day that Congressman Leo Ryan used to be murdered on Jones’s orders. The street to Jonestown is “the so much entire photograph up to now of this tragic saga, and of the fellow who engineered it…The result's a hectic portrait of evil—and a compassionate memorial to these taken in by means of Jones’s malign air of mystery” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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