Cult City: Jim Jones, Harvey Milk, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco

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November, 1978, San Francisco: In a period of ten days, the city by the bay will be the nexus of mass murder and political assassination. The mass murder and suicide of the People’s Temple in Guyana and the murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone paralyzed a city and shocked the world. The People’s Temple was a fundamentalist cult that engaged in mass suicide when threatened with government intervention and member defections, while Milk and Moscone were the victims of a right-wing nut who abhorred Milk’s sexual identity. The truth is 180 degrees different and more complex. Cult City re-examines the People’s Temple led by Jim Jones, their meteoric rise assisted by political influence and glad handing, particularly with the late Harvey Milk and Moscone. The book re-examines the now-storied life of Harvey Milk, paying heed to Milk’s relationships with younger men and his two-sided dealings with political allies and friends. The ends that befell both subjects of this book remain no less tragic, but the truth has become murkier.

Cult City is a fast moving dual narrative that flips history on its ear. The harrowing events that marked a dark time in San Francisco are seen in a different light, but it’s powerfully done. This book is carefully crafted and researched–history done right and just. A+ read.


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Author Daniel J. Flynn
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Publish Date 2018-Oct-08
ISBN 9781610171519
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Issue December 2018
Category Reference
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