Salvation and Suicide, Revised Edition

  • by David Chidester
  • Narrated by Steven Roy Grimsley
  • 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks