The Road To Jonestown: Jim Jones And Peoples Temple

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2018 Edgar Award Finalist—Best Fact Crime
“A thoroughly readable, thoroughly chilling account of a brilliant con man and his all-too vulnerable prey” (The Boston Globe)—the definitive story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history, 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. His congregation was racially mixed, and he was a leader in the early civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California, where he got involved in electoral politics and became a prominent Bay Area leader. But underneath the surface lurked a terrible darkness.

In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Jones’s life, from his early days as an idealistic minister to a secret life of extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing, before the fateful 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 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).


  • Road to Jonestown 01 Open

    Duration: 30s
  • Road to Jonestown 02 Prologue

    Duration: 12min
  • Road to Jonestown 03 Part 1 Ch1

    Duration: 17min
  • Road to Jonestown 04 Ch2

    Duration: 15min
  • Road to Jonestown 05 Ch3

    Duration: 15min
  • Road to Jonestown 06 Ch4

    Duration: 29min
  • Road to Jonestown 07 Ch5

    Duration: 07min
  • Road to Jonestown 08 Ch6

    Duration: 08min
  • Road to Jonestown 09 Ch7

    Duration: 19min
  • Road to Jonestown 10 Ch8

    Duration: 12min
  • Road to Jonestown 11 Ch9

    Duration: 15min
  • Road to Jonestown 12 Ch10

    Duration: 17min
  • Road to Jonestown 13 Ch11

    Duration: 10min
  • Road to Jonestown 14 Ch12

    Duration: 13min
  • Road to Jonestown 15 Ch13

    Duration: 17min
  • Road to Jonestown 16 Ch14

    Duration: 13min
  • Road to Jonestown 17 Ch15

    Duration: 18min
  • Road to Jonestown 18 Ch16

    Duration: 16min
  • Road to Jonestown 19 Ch17

    Duration: 24min
  • Road to Jonestown 20 Part 2 Ch18

    Duration: 15min
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