The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple


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.

Title:The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:531 pages

    The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Reviews

  • Matt

    Pardon my rambling... my mind has not been this blown by a book in a long, long time!First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jeff Guinn, and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy o...

  • Esil

    The Road to Jonestown was fascinating -- and depressing. I listened to the audio. The author, Jeff Guinn, did a great job of tracing Jim Jones' history and the events leading up to the mass suicide in...

  • Julie

    The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn is a 2017 Simon & Schuster publication. Thoroughly chilling…While I was only in my early teens in 1978, I still recall the ne...

  • Myrna

    Won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. After I received it, I met the author at the San Antonio Book Festival and got my book signed!!!! In The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People's Temple, t...

  • Lauren

    "Her fear was that a mass suicide would not be appreciated as a sincere and historic statement: 'I know we can't worry about how [what we do] will be interpreted... maybe in some 50 years someone will...

  • Michelle

    The Road to Jonestown- Jim Jones and Peoples Temple” is among the best comprehensive and authoritative books written covering the Jonestown massacre that claimed the lives of 918 people in Guyana, S...

  • Erin B

    Utterly riveting. Well-written, journalistic-- not sensational. The author occasionally repeats some key facts, apparently not realizing that readers won't be able to put this down and therefore won't...

  • Donna Davis

    The good news is that Jeff Guinn tells us everything there is to know about Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.The bad news is that Jeff Guinn tells everything there is to know about Jim Jones and the P...

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)

    This review and others can be found at BW Book Reviews.3.5/5I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.My first brush with Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple was through a...

  • Amy

    Jeff Guinn's comprehensive account of Jim Jones covers all facets of his life and work, leading to the day in November 1978 when 918 died, most by their own hand, on orders from their leader.Jones' li...