A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown

౅ Read a ܊ A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown pdf ಊ E-Pub Author Julia Scheeres ಔ ౅ Read a ܊ A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown pdf ಊ E-Pub Author Julia Scheeres ಔ A Thousand Lives Introduction Had I walked by 1859 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco when Peoples Temple was in full swing, I certainly would have been drawn to the doorway I grew up in a conservative Christian family with an adopted black brother race and religion were the dominant themes of my childhood In our small Indiana town, David and I often felt self conscious walking down the street together Strangers scowled at us, and sometimes called us names I wrote about the challenges of our relationship in my memoir, Jesus Land Suffice it to say, David and I would have been thrilled and amazed by Peoples Temple, a church where blacks and whites worshipped side by side, the preacher taught social justice instead of damnation, and the gospel choir transported the congregation to a loftier realm We longed for such a place Unfortunately, the laudable aspects of Peoples Temple have been forgotten in the horrifying wake of Jonestown I stumbled onto writing this book by accident I was writing a satirical novel about a charismatic preacher who takes over a fictional Indiana town, when I remembered Jim Jones was from Indiana, and Googled him I learned that the FBI had released fifty thousand pages of documents, including diaries, meeting notes, and crop reports, as well as one thousand audiotapes that agents found in Jonestown after the massacre, and that no one had used this material to write a comprehensive history of the doomed community Once I started digging through the files, I couldnt tear myself away It was easy to set my novel aside I believe that true stories are powerful, in a meaningful, existential way, than made up ones Learning about other peoples lives somehow puts ones own life in sharper relief Aside from race and religion, there were other elements of the Peoples Temple story that resonated with me When David and I were teenagers, our parents sent us to a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic that had some uncanny parallels with Jonestown I could empathize with the residents sense of isolation and desperation You wont find the word cult in this book, unless Im directly citing a source that uses the word My aim here is to help readers understand the reasons that people were drawn to Jim Jones and his church, and how so many of them ended up dying in a mass murder suicide on November 18, 1978 The word cult only discourages intellectual curiosity and empathy As one survivor told me, nobody joins a cult To date, the Jonestown canon has veered between sensational media accounts and narrow academic studies In this book, I endeavor to tell the Jonestown story on a grander, human, scale Julia Scheeres Berkeley, California, March 24, 2011A 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 past or 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 As Joness behavior became erratic and his message ominous, his followers leaned on each other to recapture the sense of equality that had drawn them to his church But even as the congregation thrived, Jones made it increasingly difficult for members to leave By the time Jones moved his congregation to a remote jungle in Guyana and the U.S government began 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 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 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. Raven The Untold Story of the Rev Jim Jones Raven Jones and His People Kindle edition by Tim Reiterman Download it once read on your device, PC, phones or tablets Stories Narrative Magazine A final toast to stories ones that made us, between us A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown

    • Format Kindle
    • 1416596402
    • A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown
    • Julia Scheeres
    • Anglais
    • 04 April 2017
    • 336 pages

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