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The Road to Jonestown - Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

Jeff Guinn

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 Massacre—the 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 Jones’s 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 died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after 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 Jones’s 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 Jones’s orders. The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown.

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 Massacre—the 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 Jones’s 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 died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after 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 Jones’s 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 Jones’s 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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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 Massacre—the 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 Jones’s 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 died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after 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 Jones’s 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 Jones’s orders. The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

17h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

17:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

16:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

24:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:02


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

25:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

22:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

26:44


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

29:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

13:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

14:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

26:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

32:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

31:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

47:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

26:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

57:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

21:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

18:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:47