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

Kobo ebook | October 11, 2011

byJulia Scheeres

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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. 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. 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 US 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.

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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. 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 ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Free PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145162896X

ISBN - 13:9781451628968

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well researched & documented Probably the best account of the Jonestown tragedy that I have ever read. The story is told with great sensitivity on the part of the author for the people who were unfortunately swayed by the power of Jim Jones and his entourage. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an accurate and indepth narrative of the Jonestown tragedy.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown his book is enlightening; gaining a better understanding of the why's and the how's of why members overlooked the obvious lies and on going deceptions of Jim Jones gives us a somewhat clearer sense of why some followed him for so long
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I would consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to the People's Temple & Jonestown. I have read various books, documentaries and immersed myself into everything Jonestown but I have to say that this book; A Thousand Lives was, for me, the most riveting. This book provides a deep insight into how various members, from all walks of life were drawn to what started out as a wonderful and hopeful family / church and takes you through a guided tour of the slow but steady descent into one man's all encompassing madness, which ultimately destroyed the dream and more importantly; the members. This book is enlightening; gaining a better understanding of the why's and the how's of why members overlooked the obvious lies and on going deceptions of Jim Jones gives us a somewhat clearer sense of why some followed him for so long...it wasn't just about Jim; for some it wasn't about Jim at all - it was the other members, the love, the acceptance and peace that they brought to each other.
Date published: 2011-11-03