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REP. JACKIE SPEIER: JONESTOWN, COURAGE AND FIGHTING BACK (San Francisco)

  • The Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero - Taube Family Auditorium San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)

HOSTED BY THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB
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Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac, and Speier was shot five times at point-blank range.

From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, her memoir, Undaunted, reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Speier’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.