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Re-issued in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the mass suicides at Jonestown, this revised edition of David Chidester's path-breaking book features a new prologue that considers the meaning of the tragedy for a post-Waco, post-9/11 world. For Chidester, Jonestown recalls the American religious commitment to redemptive sacrifice, which for Jim Jones meant saving his followers from the evils of capitalist society.

©1988, 2003 David Chidester (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This ambitious and courageous book is a benchmark of theology by which questions about the meaningful history of the Peoples Temple may be measured." ( Journal of the American Academy of Religion)
"Fascinating.... Perhaps this book will bring a sense of humanity, and of respect, for the dreams and ambitions of the people who died at Jonestown." ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"An impressive tour de force." ( Religious Studies Review)

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