A Thousand Lives, tragedy at Jonestown

NOTE: This blog entry originally appeared in November 2011

by Dan Bloom, producer 

Since the fateful date of November 18, 1978, the story of Jim Jones, People’s Temple and the Jonestown disaster has lived in the collective cultural memory of Americans.

It would be emotionally trying for any researcher to pore over reams of FBI documents from Jonestown, and author Julia Scheeres has done just that, with diligence and professionalism. The result is her book A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown.

For more information about Julia Scheeres and background materials on Jonestown, visit JuliaScheeres.com