The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

Simon & Schuster #ad - The road to jonestown is “the most complete picture to date of this tragic saga, and of the man who engineered it…The result is a disturbing portrait of evil—and a compassionate memorial to those taken in by Jones’s malign charisma” San Francisco Chronicle. In this riveting narrative, and fraudulent faith healing, drug use, from his early days as an idealistic minister to a secret life of extramarital affairs, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, before the fateful decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America.

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. Guinn examined thousands of pages of FBI files on the case, including material released during the course of his research.

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple #ad - Eventually, jones moved his church, to northern California, Peoples Temple, where he got involved in electoral politics and became a prominent Bay Area leader. 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.

But underneath the surface lurked a terrible darkness. 2018 edgar award finalist—best fact crime “a thoroughly readable, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history, thoroughly chilling account of a brilliant con man and his all-too vulnerable prey” The Boston Globe—the definitive story of preacher Jim Jones, by the New York Times bestselling author of Manson.

In the 1950s, a young indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism.


Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People

TarcherPerigee #ad - Tim reiterman’s Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim jones, the peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown in 1978. Reiterman’s reportage clarifies enduring misperceptions of the character and motives of Jim Jones, the reasons why people followed him, and the important truth that many of those who perished at Jonestown were victims of mass murder rather than suicide.

This widely sought work is restored to print after many years with a new preface by the author, as well as the more than sixty-five rare photographs from the original volume. This pen award–winning work explores the ideals-gone-wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America.

Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People #ad - The basis for the upcoming hbo miniseries and the "definitive account of the Jonestown massacre" Rolling Stone -- now available for the first time in paperback.


Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

Simon & Schuster #ad - His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions. Guinn’s book is a “tour de force of a biography…manson stands as a definitive work: important for students of criminology, and sociopathology…and compulsively readable” Ann Rule, psychopathology, music, human behavior, popular culture, The New York Times Book Review.

It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Manson puts the killer in the context of the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. The new york times bestselling, filled with surprising new information and previously unpublished photographs: “A riveting, authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson, almost Dickensian narrative…four stars” People.

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson #ad - More than forty years ago charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person near the scene of the crime was spared. Guinn interviewed manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author.

Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn shows us how manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women and a few men that he had the solutions to their problems.


A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

Free Press #ad - In south america, 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, however, and hope. By the time jones moved his congregation to a remote jungle in Guyana and the US government began to investigate allegations of abuse and false imprisonment in Jonestown, it was too late.

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. New york times bestselling author julia scheeres drew from tens of 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.

As jones’s behavior became erratic and his message more ominous, his followers leaned on each other to recapture the sense of equality that had drawn them to his church. Vividly written and impossible to forget, of corrupted ideals and senseless, A Thousand Lives is a story of blind loyalty and daring escapes, haunting loss.

A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown #ad - But even as the congregation thrived, Jones made it increasingly difficult for members to leave. In 1954, a pastor named jim jones opened a church in Indianapolis called Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church. The people who built Jonestown wanted to forge a better life for themselves and their children. A thousand lives is the story of Jonestown as it has never been told.


Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

Simon & Schuster #ad - Thanks to newsreels, the barrow gang members almost instantly became household names on a par with Charles Lindbergh, true crime magazines, and new-fangled wire services that transmitted scandalous photos of Bonnie smoking a cigar to every newspaper in the nation, Jack Dempsey, and Babe Ruth. Forget everything you think you know about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

Even at that, they often came up empty-handed and were reduced to breaking into gum machines for meal money. Lacking the sophistication to plot robberies of big-city banks, the Barrow Gang preyed mostly on small mom-and-pop groceries and service stations. Go down together has it all -- true romance, rebellion against authority, bullets flying, cars crashing, in the end, and, a dramatic death at the hands of a celebrity lawman hired to hunt them down.

Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde #ad - Their devotion to each other was as real as their overblown reputation as criminal masterminds was not. In the minds of the public, they were cool, calculating bandits who robbed banks and killed cops with equal impunity. Clyde and bonnie were perhaps the most inept crooks ever, and their two-year crime spree was as much a reign of error as it was of terror.

Yet theirs was a genuine love story. The real story is completely different -- and far more fascinating. Previous books and films, have emphasized the supposed glamour of America's most notorious criminal couple, including the brilliant 1967 movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, thus contributing to ongoing mythology.


Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple

Anchor #ad - In this haunting and riveting firsthand account, a survivor of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. She returned to the united states with warnings of impending disaster, and shortly thereafter, but her pleas for help fell on skeptical ears, in November 1978, the Jonestown massacre shocked the world.

A high-level member of jim jones's peoples temple for seven years, Deborah Layton escaped his infamous commune in the Guyanese jungle, leaving behind her mother, her older brother, and many friends. Seductive poison is both an unflinching historical document and a suspenseful story of intrigue, power, and murder.


Stories from Jonestown

Univ Of Minnesota Press #ad - Weaving her own artistic journey of discovery throughout the book in a compelling historical context, Fondakowski delivers, moving, with both empathy and clarity, one of the most gripping, and humanizing accounts of Jonestown ever written. While only a handful of people present at the agricultural project survived that day in Jonestown, more than eighty members of Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones, were elsewhere in Guyana on that day, and thousands more members of the movement still lived in California.

As these survivors look back, we learn what led them to join the Peoples Temple movement, what life in the church was like, and how the trauma of Jonestown’s end still affects their lives decades later. What emerges are portrayals both haunting and hopeful—of unimaginable sadness, guilt, and shame but also resilience and redemption.

Stories from Jonestown #ad - The saga of jonestown didn’t end on the day in November 1978 when more than nine hundred Americans died in a mass murder-suicide in the Guyanese jungle. Using more than two hundred hours of interview material, Fondakowski creates intimate portraits of these survivors as they tell their unforgettable stories.

Collectively this is a record of ordinary people, who after the jonestown massacre were left to deal with their grief, and try to make sense of how a movement born in a gospel of racial and social justice could have gone so horrifically wrong—taking with it the lives of their sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, reassemble their lives, husbands and wives, stigmatized as cultists, and brothers and sisters.

Emmy-nominated writer leigh fondakowski, spent three years traveling the United States to interview these survivors, who is best known for her work on the play and HBO film The Laramie Project, many of whom have never talked publicly about the tragedy.


Waco: A Survivor's Story

Hachette Books #ad - Though he had never been religious in the slightest, Thibodeau gradually became a follower and moved to the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. The basis of the celebrated paramount network miniseries starring Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitsch--Waco is the critically-acclaimed, first person account of the siege by Branch Davidian survivor, David Thibodeau.

Twenty-five years ago, the FBI staged a deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. Carmel. Texas. We also understand Thibodeau's brutally honest assessment of the United States government's actions. He remained there until april 19, 1993, when the compound was stormed and burned to the ground after a 51-day standoff with government authorities.

Waco: A Survivor's Story #ad - In this compelling account--now with an updated epilogue that revisits remaining survivors--Thibodeau explores why so many people came to believe that Koresh was divinely inspired. We meet the men, women, and children of Mt. David thibodeau survived to tell the story. When he first met the man who called himself David Koresh, David Thibodeau was a drummer in a local a rock band.

The result is a memoir that reads like a thriller, with each page taking us closer to the eventual inferno. Originally published as A Place Called Waco.


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. Helter skelter is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of The New Republic, a "social document of rare importance.

Some images in this ebook are not displayed due to permissions issues. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era. Vincent bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi.

The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers…these elements make for a true crime classic. A famous actress and her unborn child, an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders #ad - What was his hold over them? and what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The #1 true crime bestseller of all time—7 million copies SoldIn the summer of 1969, a series of brutal, in Los Angeles, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America.


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party

William Morrow #ad - Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.

From the #1 bestselling author of the boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier“An ideal pairing of talent and material. Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. Mary roach, new york times book reviewin april of 1846, intent on a better future, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings.

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party #ad - . In early december, starving and desperate, over the next thirty-two days, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, new york Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history.


Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion

NYU Press #ad - 2015 best book award from the communal studies association In March 1997, thirty-nine people in Rancho Santa Fe, California, ritually terminated their lives. To outsiders, it was a mass suicide. To insiders, it was a graduation. Thus, heaven’s gate not only reflects the context of its environment, but also reveals how those forces interacted in the form of a single religious body.

In the only book-length study of heaven’s gate, Zeller traces the roots of the movement, examines its beliefs and practices, and tells the captivating story of the people of Heaven’s Gate. By tracking the development of the history, and worldview of Heaven’s Gate, social structure, Zeller draws out the ways in which the movement was both a reflection and a microcosm of larger American culture.

Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion #ad - The group emerged out of engagement with evangelical christianity, new religions of the counterculture, the New Age movement, and it evolved in response to the religious quests of baby boomers, science fiction and UFOs, and conspiracy theories, and the narcissistic pessimism of the 1990s. This act was the culmination of over two decades of spiritual and social development for the members of Heaven’s Gate, a religious group focused on transcending humanity and the Earth, and seeking salvation in the literal heavens on board a UFO.

In this fascinating overview, but interrogates the origin and evolution of the religion, Benjamin Zeller not only explores the question of why the members of Heaven’s Gate committed ritual suicides, its appeal, and its practices.