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Seductive Poison A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple (Paperback)

Author:  Deborah Layton
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385489846
ISBN-13: 9780385489843
Sku: 30522832
Publish Date: 12/1/1999
Pages:  368
Age Range:  NA
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In the first book to be written by a close confidante of the late Reverend Jim Jones, the author describes how she was drawn into Joness deadly cult and how she narrowly escaped the mass suicide in Guyana in 1978. Reprint. *Author: Layton, Deborah *Subtitle: A Jonestown Survivors Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Number of Pages: 309 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. SEDUCTIVE POISON is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder.On November 18, 1978, in Jonestown, a commune in the depths of the Guyanese jungle, 913 followers of the Reverend Jim Jones obeyed his orders to swallow fruit-flavored punch laced with cyanide. It was the worst mass suicide in modern history. The Peoples Temple had started out years before as a respectable church involved in community service and civil rights activism. Jim Jones's followers grew in number, and the organization gained prominence in the San Francisco community, recognized by such high-profile figures as Mayor George Moscone and Rosalyn Carter. But by the time Jones and his followers had begun their emigration to the "promised land" in Guyana, the group had become increasingly militant and paranoid. Deborah Layton saw that something was seriously wrong the minute she arrived in Jonestown, and six months before the massacre, she escaped the guarded compound she had imagined would be paradise. Her warnings to the press and to the U.S. State Department of an impending disaster fell on disbelieving ears: four days after her testimony in Washington, D.C., Congressman Leo Ryan, three reporters, and over nine hundred Peoples Temple members, including Layton's mother, were dead. Layton's return to the world outside of the Peoples Temple was slow and painful. Her brother remains in prison, the only person alive today held accountable for the tragedy. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults that pervade our existence and shows how any race, culture, or class of individuals can fall victim to a cult's strange allure. Vividly written and powerfully told, "Seductive Poison" is both an unflinching historical document and an enthralling story ofintrigue, power, and murder.
A memoir of life in the Jonestown cult, written by a woman who escaped prior to the 1978 mass suicide by the followers of Jim Jones.


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"It is the question 'why?' that fascinates and perplexes, that torments families who lose loved ones to cults. Layton struggles to provide an answer, and it is this effort that earns her book a place on the shelves of Religious Studies departments." February, 1999

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