Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back
Thursday, May 30, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Congresswoman Jackie Speier discusses her inspiring and powerful memoir, Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back.
“Few people embody resilience like Jackie Speier. She faced unthinkable trauma with courage—and came through it with an unshakable sense of purpose. UNDAUNTED is a remarkable story of survival and strength.” —Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.org and OptionB.org
“Jackie Speier’s life has been nothing short of harrowing and triumphant. UNDAUNTED will move women to persist and have their voices heard in government. It will inspire young women to be our future leaders who serve with conviction and compassion.”
—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
“Jackie Speier has lived an incredible life and has passionately dedicated much of it to public service. UNDAUNTED is honest, eye-opening, and truly inspiring.”
—Congressman John Lewis, civil rights leader
An inspiring and powerful memoir of surviving the Jonestown massacre and becoming a fearless voice against injustice and inequality by California congresswoman Jackie Speier.
Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.
From the formative nightmare that radically molded her perspective and instincts to the devastating personal and professional challenges that would follow, Undaunted reveals the perseverance of a determined force in American politics. Deeply rooted in Jackie’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.