Back to the world [electronic resource] : a life after Jonestown / Eugene Smith ; as told to Ethan Casey
- Smith, Eugene, 1957-
- Fort Worth, Texas : TCU Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xi, 194 pages ; 23 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Casey, Ethan, 1965-
- Restrictions on Access:
- License restrictions may limit access.
- A Note on Words and Pictures -- My Road to Jonestown -- The Whole World Thinks We're Nuts -- Nothing to Lose -- Choosing to Engage -- Allowed to Speak Out -- Welcome to Jonestown -- Surviving Survival -- Aftermath -- Too Busy to Grieve -- Learning Processes -- Back to the World -- Small World -- Stepping Out -- Remembering and Forgetting -- Listen to the Record -- Appendix: Eugene Smith's FBI file.
- "Eugene Smith lost his mother, wife, and infant son in the mass murder-suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, on November 18, 1978. Repatriated by the US authorities on New Year's Eve, he broke a $50 bill stashed in his shoe to buy breakfast for himself and a fellow survivor. Returning to California at age twenty-one, Smith faced the daunting challenge of building from scratch a meaningful and self-sufficient life in the American society he thought he had left behind. "My first responsibility as a survivor," he writes, "was not to embarrass my mother or my wife or my child, and to set an example that can't be questioned." Back to the World is the story of a double survival: first of the destruction of the idealistic but tragically flawed Peoples Temple community, then of its aftermath. Having survived, Smith has hard questions for today's America"--
- 9780875657783 (paperback)
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