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.

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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