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The Road to Jonestown
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple | Jeff Guinn
By the New York Times bestselling author of Manson, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacrethe largest murder-suicide in American history. In the 1950s, a young Indianapolis minister named Jim Jones preached a curious blend of the gospel and Marxism. His congregation was racially integrated, and he was a much-lauded leader in the contemporary civil rights movement. Eventually, Jones moved his church, Peoples Temple, to northern California. He became involved in electoral politics, and soon was a prominent Bay Area leader. In this riveting narrative, Jeff Guinn examines Joness life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to a settlement in the jungles of Guyana in South America. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people diedincluding almost three hundred infants and childrenafter being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink. Guinn examined thousands of pages of FBI files on the case, including material released during the course of his research. He traveled to Joness Indiana hometown, where he spoke to people never previously interviewed, and uncovered fresh information from Jonestown survivors. He even visited the Jonestown site with the same pilot who flew there the day that Congressman Leo Ryan was murdered on Joness orders. The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown.
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#Top10oftheDecade #NonfictionEdition | Here are my top 10 nonfiction reads from the last 10 years. This was TOUGH. Thanks for starting this, Cindy!

Share your NF picks, too, and be sure to tag @Cinfhen !

BarbaraBB Oh I remember your review about Jonestown! And I would have chosen The Banner of Heaven, I couldn‘t get into Missoula. 7d
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Under the Banner of Heaven is so good. I didn‘t choose it because I read it in 2009. 😉 Missoula is a really tough read. 6d
Suet624 Really great picks. 6d
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MrBook Wow!!! How the heck did you narrow down?! It‘ll take me days. 😆👏🏻🙌🏻 6d
britt_brooke @MrBook I read about 50% NF, so it was tough! But a few clear favorites popped into my head right away. Have you read any of these? 6d
MrBook Not yet. I shall. Oh, I shall! 6d
Cinfhen This is an awesome list!!!! I need to revisit Road To Jonestown and I really have to check out 6d
Cinfhen Sedaris definitely earns a spot too!!! 6d
Mdargusch Great list! The tagged book was fascinating! 6d
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Beastie Boys Book is so good on audio. And I just really adore Rick Bragg. He writes so beautiful about his family and the south. 6d
britt_brooke @Mdargusch Thanks! Yes, that book blew my mind!! Jeff Guinn is such an engaging NF author. 6d
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My top 5 books of the decade (by genre) -- History and Biography

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An exhaustive and rich account of human tragedy. Cults fascinate me. (As an aside, I found a great number of similarities between the Peoples Temple and Scientology)

britt_brooke LOVED this book. Jeff Guinn is fantastic. I‘m a cult fanatic, too. And I definitely agree that Scientology fits the bill. Have you read Zealot by Jo Thornely yet? She covers a few of the most well-known cults around the world, but is very snarky and funny, too. It‘s great on audio. 1mo
Heatherfeather @britt_brooke I have not but now I TOTALLY WILL. and yay another cult fanatic (hahahaha that sounds weird) 1mo
britt_brooke @Heatherfeather 🤣 We are fascinated, but we don‘t want to join so it‘s okay, I think. 🤣🤞🏻 Jo Thornely also has a podcast but I didn‘t find out about it until after I read her book. 1mo
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This book is crazy. I didn‘t realize that Jones was instrumental in integrating Indianapolis, partly as a result of the death of his daughter. The Joneses had adopted some Korean kids, and some African American ones. One Korean daughter died in a car accident, and she wasn‘t allowed to be buried in a regular cemetery bc of her race — it was against Indiana law. She had to be buried in a “Negro cemetery”. This was in the late 1950s. 😱😑

Megabooks It‘s a fascinating book! 5mo
TheDaysGoBy Yeah a lot stuff in that book blew my mind 5mo
Reecaspieces This is a crazy book!! 5mo
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This was a really informative book. Well written. I wished though there were more pictures and spaced through the book instead of on a photo spread of 6 pages or so just past the middle.

#BFCr2 #BookSix

RamsFan1963 Excellent book!! One my favorite reads of 2019 5mo
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Google Fit says I passed 25,000 steps yesterday at work. Ive been home since midnight. Its 330AM. Little Man is asleep on my foot. My wife @anewton91 isnt in bed doing God knows what, and I cant sleep. Why not read about Jonestown?

#BFCr2 #DogsofLitsy @wanderinglynn @Laughterhp

Megabooks It‘s a good book! 5mo
TheDaysGoBy I listened to the audiobook. It was good 5mo
Laughterhp That‘s a late night! Hopefully you were able to sleep! 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome step count! But I hope you were able to get some sleep. 5mo
jessinikkip I made it about 100 pages in. It is really good, informative but not like an info dump. I finally slept about 4:00 5mo
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Audiobooking during the work commute. Anyone else find it makes the drive better?

PurpleyPumpkin Absolutely! I do it everyday. At this point, I‘m not sure how I ever did without audiobooks!👍🏽 5mo
Hoopiefoot I switch between podcasts and audiobooks 5mo
Geeklet I go through phases where I love audiobooks then I won‘t be able to stand them for about six months. I‘m in an audiobook phase right now and they‘re great! 5mo
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This is what I might read next, but I‘m not sure if I can get through it.😬

Ashley_Nicoletto This one is super interesting and it has tons and tons of backstory. Definitely worth giving it a shot, but obviously the ending is horrible. 5mo
cathysaid I second @Ashley_Nicoletto here. The book covers a lot of material I had never heard or read, particularly about the various players. And for whatever reason, after reading this one, I can finally understand how a cult might appeal to just the right person. 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @cathysaid YES! This was the first time that I really felt like I understood how someone could be talked into a cult. Or what would lead others to make that choice. 5mo
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BridgetteM I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Be prepared to learn a lot about Jim Jones 5mo
Aseleener I have not read this one but I loved Guinn's book about Bonnie and Clyde. 5mo
RamsFan1963 This is one of my favorite reads of 2019. It's so engrossing, but you come away really understanding the rise and fall of Jim Jones and his ministry. 5mo
Nute @Ashley_Nicoletto @cathysaid @BridgetteM @Aseleener @RamsFan1963 First admission: I decided against reading it. At least for now. Second admission: I‘m easily unsettled by the grim truth of certain realities. I don‘t think that I‘m ready for this book yet and I don‘t know when I will feel differently about that. I hope soon because...Third admission: I want to learn about the real Jim Jones and his ministry. Thanks for the encouragement & support! 5mo
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monalyisha
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When I told a coworker what I was reading, she said, “I just don‘t understand how people would follow someone like that.” The thing is? After listening to this book, I DO. I get it. I don‘t quite get how those in his inner circle *kept* following him, but I understand the initial draw. And it has nothing to do with “charisma,” or whatever BS you normally hear about cult leaders. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/4: Jim Jones actively fought for social change & racial equality & he was EFFECTIVE. He used the large numbers of his congregation to campaign for & get liberal politicians elected. He took office himself. He got big laws changed (such as improving housing laws in urban ghettos). 6mo
monalyisha 2/4: He preached about self-sufficiency & getting back in touch with the land. He preached about “rainbow families.” His socialist messages were downright inspiring, especially for the times in which he preached (though this message never seemed to extend to rising above sex & gender biases). He really believed in what he fought for. 6mo
monalyisha 3/4: Unfortunately, he was also narcissistic — & broken, in some fundamental way. And then he began using drugs. And his paranoia & delusions got stronger. This led to the degradation, humiliation, & physical beatings of individual “church”goers, culminating in the manipulation of more than 900 people in his care to take their own lives & the lives of their loved ones (including infants). 6mo
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monalyisha 4/4: “The Road to Jonestown” is a fascinating story. I‘m so glad I finished it, despite the horrific/vile end. Thanks, @samplergal for encouraging me to keep going when I was unsure during the slow beginning! 6mo
LibrarianRyan I swear I am going to read this book. It's only been in recent years I learned that my dad helped clean up Jonestown. He never really talked about his early years in the navy until the last 5 or so. 6mo
wanderinglynn It does sound fascinating. 6mo
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan That‘s so interesting. I didn‘t realize the Navy helped clean up Jonestown. 6mo
TheSpineView Love this review! While history will always remember him for the horrific, I think it is important to acknowledge that it did not start that way. I think it is important to understand in order to prevent. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @wanderinglynn My dad was a Seabee aka Land Lover. They go in before a conflict and set up, they go in after a conflict to rebuild. My dad was first stationed in Vietnam at the very tail end for clean up. I believe he was in Diego Garcia or Morocco when his crew got shipped out for a few weeks as emergency aid. His work was classified until about 10 years ago. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @TheSpineView I agree. People always remember “drink the Kool-Aid“ but very few know what brought it about. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @wandernglynn - it was not uncommon for my dad to be in mixed crews with marines. But he held a shovel instead of a gun (usually). 6mo
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan Ah, I‘ve been learning all about the Seabees. (I started as an assistant counsel for the Navy in February.) 6mo
wanderinglynn @TheSpineView You‘re absolutely right. Most folks only think of the end & how horrific it was. They fail to realize that it took years to build up to that point. 6mo
monalyisha Omg @LibrarianRyan! That‘s incredibly interesting (& also not enviable)! Your dad sounds like a fascinating guy. 6mo
monalyisha Thanks @TheSpineView The author did a great job getting that message across. While I didn‘t always *love* his writing, he laid out the events & psychological factors in a very compelling way. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @wanderinglynn That is very cool. They have sent my dad some very interesting places. He spent a year in Antarctica when it was still just military and science. We have some awesome videos, that I really should get transferred to digital. Dad did a lot of “rescuing“ in his career. (edited) 6mo
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha He is. I love when he gets to telling stories. Fun one. I was sitting in a special science symposium during HS. This professor was lecturing about Antarctica. He had pics and was talking about a trip gone haywire. His picture included one of my dad. At the end he took questions and I said, that's not what happened in the rescue video. How do I know. Well that's my dad. He yelled out “Your Dammit Dan's Daughter!“ Yep. 6mo
Samplergal So Glad you liked it. I remember living in Indiana when this happened and was glued to my ( black and white ) tv all weekend. 6mo
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This #JourneysEnd is one of the most tragic that I‘ve read about and watched documentaries about. Jim Jones‘ decent into delusions and paranoia led to tragic consequences in the jungles of Guyana. Heartbreaking! Excellent #audiobook.

The episode is probably one of the worst of the series. It‘s basically to write Wesley off of all future (cannon) storylines. And Beverly giving him the blanket - lame! #StarTrekSummerMay

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Learning about cults can only ever be enhanced by the spring weather. Really brings out that commune vibe.

I‘m really enjoying this so far: detailed, well researched and quick paced. #SSDGM

#amreading #nonfiction #truecrime

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 7mo
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NatalieR
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Very interesting story. I certainly learned a lot about Jim Jones. I like how Jeff Guin gives so much family background in his books. I was surprised to learn ways in which Jim Jones promoted integration (even though he could have done better). #MountTBR #LitsyAtoZ #LetterR

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My favorite line in the song #wonderwall is “maybe you‘re going to be the one that saves me”. I‘ve thought about it many times, and this time I thought of Jonestown.

Did, even after he moved them Guyana, these people think Jim Jones was going to save them? Did they see Leo Ryan as a savior? Tough questions, great #audiobook. #anglophileapril

Cinfhen Great choice 🙌🏻love this pick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻such a crazy story. Hard to comprehend 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks!! It‘s wild! 😱 8mo
Mdargusch I read this book and I still can‘t fathom the trust they put in this crazy man. 😢 8mo
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emilyhaldi Fascinating question... It's hard to understand why people place such blind trust in others sometimes. But they must have certainly felt that Jim Jones was their savior to go to such drastic measures 😐 8mo
Reviewsbylola So many questions and very few answers! 8mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch I know. Especially after he got so paranoid! 8mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi In a way, his message wasn‘t terribly crazy until he started using drugs in California, and after that things were totally shot to sh1t. 8mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Agreed! For awhile, years before this book, I‘d search out documentaries about it. 8mo
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This was a really comprehensive, full look at the religious radicalism of Jim Jones and how he became the infamous man we have heard about. It really brings this entire tragedy to life and gives a hard look at the terror of Jonestown.

Hestapleton I just finished this one too! Guinn is great writer and I need to check out his Manson book! 9mo
Victoriahoperose @Hestapleton same! Another book we have in common lol!! 9mo
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An amazing and detailed history of the rise and tragic fatal fall of Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Jones started out with good intentions, fighting for the poor and minorities, but in the end was done in by his megalomania and paranoia. To this day, it amazes me how all these people willingly killed themselves for him. 5 💥💥💥💥💥 out of 5. Highly recommended.

britt_brooke Nice review! I was utterly absorbed by this book. 5⭐️ from me as well. 9mo
RamsFan1963 @britt_brooke Do you think it took too long to get to the Guyana part of the story? I like the slow build. I knew how it was going to end, so how we got there was most important. How can you understand why these people killed themselves if you aren't shown how the church came to dominate their lives? 9mo
britt_brooke @RamsFan1963 I didn‘t think it took too long, but I also didn‘t know any of the backstory. I completely agree with you on the slow build and the “journey.” It‘s absolutely devastating, but also fascinating. 9mo
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#HighwaytoHell | Charismatic socialist Jim Jones led his loyal followers to Guyana in order to isolate and maintain control. We all know how this ended.

#marchintothe70s
📷: Alex Glav

Cinfhen I picked up a free book on Kindle today that‘s about a Catholic fundamentalist cult. Might be something u like 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Sounds up my alley - thanks! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick! And I‘m going to grab up that book @Cinfhen mentioned also. 9mo
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Samplergal I loved that book! 9mo
britt_brooke @Samplergal Me, too! It was so thorough, but not dry at all. I love Jeff Guinn‘s writing. 9mo
RamsFan1963 Eeeeek!! I'm currently listening to this, it's due back to the library on Friday, and someone already has a hold on it. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow, pounding down the last 4hrs of this fascinating book. 9mo
britt_brooke @RamsFan1963 I listened to the audio as well. It was long, but the narration was fantastic. Good luck!! 9mo
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1. I love them both. I read a lot of nonfiction. 2. The Road to Jonestown. 3. I dislike PE. Mostly because of the showers and gym uniforms. 😂 4. I love WW2 and WW1. 5. If you‘re reading this, you‘re tagged! #frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 9mo
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Lucky for me, the audio/e-book service Storytel also had this book by Jeff Guinn. Although some patterns are similar to Manson‘s, mostly a very different approach. The whole socialism thing worked so well for Jones. If only it stayed that way.. power and adoration can be so venomous..

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I could not put this one down. It‘s throughly researched and detailed. It blew my mind and broke my heart at the same time. Reading about what happened in Jonestown is absolutely harrowing but it also explains why and how so many people joined Peoples Temple. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SailorMoon I added it to my TBR stack, but I am not sure I wanna read it... I mean, doesn't it make you so angry and furious and many other negative emotions? Or maybe that's why it's good? 10mo
MStew I can't wait to read this, I have several books on this and I need to dive into it . 10mo
Bookishthoughts Intense! This is such a strange story. I've been toying with the idea of reading about it. Glad you enjoyed 10mo
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youneverarrived @SailorMoon it does make you angry and sad but at the same time it‘s interesting to read about how it was able to happen and the reasons why people followed him 10mo
youneverarrived @meghan2714 its really good! 10mo
youneverarrived @LazyDays I‘d definitely recommend it. 10mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Jeff Guinn certainly has a way with psychopaths. He writes such comprehensive portraits of “legends” that have attained almost mythical status. And despite all that you have previously read or watched about these individuals, you learn boatloads more. So many disturbing modern day parallels from the “Church” of Scientology to slavish devotion to political leaders. Highly recommend. 4🌟

Reviewsbylola Gotta read this one! 10mo
britt_brooke Excellent review! I love Guinn. 10mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s SO good. 10mo
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HippieChickHomeschool I just finished this one myself a few days ago! He was such a paradox. Unlike Scientology, he was actually DOING what he promised and helped so many people. And then killed 900. A fascinating case study for sure! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @HippieChickHomeschool Oh definitely. I mean he actually started out with an admirable purpose - racial & economic equality - before it went off the rails. I see the COS parallels in the deification of a mortal, the threats against defectors, and then just the whole “sham” of healing/going clear. Cults FASCINATE me! 10mo
Suet624 This author does such a good job with his material. This book was fascinating. 10mo
HippieChickHomeschool @MicheleinPhilly There were so many parallels with COS! Which is why it was so hard to reconcile the megalomaniac with the admiral purpose. Every time he used money for its intended purpose I was stumped! Jones obviously was mentally ill from childhood, but I wonder if he hadn‘t fallen into drug use if he could have keep up his facade and not gone completely off the rails. 10mo
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My first day. While not alot, it might be the most I‘ve read in a day...in a long, long time. Let‘s see what today brings.
#24in48 @24in48

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When all is said and done I think there will be evidence of more than 19.

Aims42 That‘s my favorite wine! Have you tried the app yet? 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 The app??? 11mo
Aims42 @MicheleinPhilly it‘s called ‘Living Wine Labels‘. You hold your phone up to the label and the criminal on the label comes to life and talks (on your phone). You have to try it!!! The app is free 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 SHUT. UP. This is the best news I‘ve had all week! Thanks! 11mo
Aims42 @MicheleinPhilly YAY 🥳🥳🥳 It‘s the best of both worlds: great affordable wine AND entertainment. I hope your week gets better, or the wine fairy brings another bottle lol 11mo
Reviewsbylola He was def a creepy looking dude. 11mo
Reviewsbylola And also that wine sounds cool. 11mo
Mdargusch I totally buy wine because of the label. I‘m going to be on the lookout for that one! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola He‘s so gross. 😣 11mo
Megabooks I loved this book! I‘m fascinated by the people‘s temple. Enjoy your wine! 11mo
britt_brooke @Aims42 @MicheleinPhilly Love this wine! And the app is cool ... and kind of trippy. I loved (not sure that‘s the appropriate word) this book. Ive enjoyed everything I‘ve read from Jeff Guinn thus far. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @britt_brooke I know what you mean - he has a weird way with psychopaths. ☺️ 10mo
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Starting this ebook today for my #Booked2019 based on a podcast book. It‘s the story from My Favorite Murder that prompted the comment “You‘re in a cult. Call your Dad”.
#WinterStormReadathon

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Such a fascinating if not heartbreaking story 11mo
Crazeedi I want to read this one, since I remember this whole time very well. The shock the tragedy of what was reported. And back then there wasnt internet and social media to get all the story 11mo
AmyG @Crazeedi I remember this too...reading about it in the NY Times. 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m about 25% done with this one. It‘s fascinating. 11mo
cathysaid What @MicheleinPhilly said! Fascinating to me was learning the history leading up to the tragedy, understanding a bit more how he accumulated such a devoted following. 11mo
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Just finished listening to this book on audio. I knew very little about the Peoples Temple and the 1978 massacre in Guyana, but Jeff Guinn does an excellent job detailing the rise of Jim Jones and the horrific events that led to the deaths of so many people. A harrowing and illuminating read.

#audio #audiobook #nonfiction #cult #bookrec

TheWordJar Just bought this late last year. I know very little about it as well. Can‘t wait to read it. 11mo
readtheworld @TheWordJar It‘s a real page-turner, though the last several chapters are incredibly difficult to read/listen to. 11mo
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As a familiar brand, “Kool-Aid” proved more memorable to the public than “Flavor Aid.” “Don‘t drink the Kool-Aid” became a jokey catchphrase for not foolishly following deranged leaders. “It . . . still hurts every time I hear it,” says Juanell Smart, who lost four children, her mother, and her uncle in Jonestown. “I hated that people laughed when they said it, like what happened was somehow funny.”

SqueakyChu This cult remains alive to my memory because a friend of a friend was a victim of the Jim Jones cult. Message to heed (even today): Never follow a leader mindlessly! 11mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Guinn takes a difficult, depressing subject and picks all its pieces apart so it‘s easier to understand. Or at least as much as possible, given the subject. Jim Jones was a megalomaniac who closely controlled the lives of about 1000 people. It‘s a tragedy of one man‘s making, despite his early intentions to bring God and equality to marginalized communities.

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019 #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast

BarbaraTheBibliophage Here‘s the podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/transmissions-from-jonestown/id1308803723?mt... I‘m still trying to get up my courage to listen to Jones‘ “Death Tape,” recorded before and during the suicide. 11mo
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Cinfhen Well done, Barb 🙌🏻 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! It wasn‘t an easy book, that‘s for sure. 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Oooo 😗 this is on my TBR list!!! 😍 11mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m curious how this works for #readingwomen when the author is male? 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Well, shoot ... I looked at one of their graphics, which doesn‘t mention this fundamental cross-prompt rule. I didn‘t look further, which is where the “by or about women” rule is shown. 😳 (I do have to say that SO many of Jones‘ followers were women, and quite a lot of time is spent on his wife. So maybe I could stretch this. But, most likely, I will pick another book. Thanks, A! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft Maybe I misunderstood! I thought they had to be by women, not just about. But I was basing that off something someone said in the RWC GR group. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Here‘s the page with all the prompts. About halfway down is he sentence that says by or about. https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019/ 11mo
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Reading this book was a painful process, not because it was dull or too long. It was neither.
The book is fascinating, infuriating, heart-breaking, thought-provoking, gut-wrenching. It focuses more on the background of the horrific events at Jonestown, and the social and cultural context in which Jim Jones rose to power, if you can call it that. It's an amazing book, but it will leave you feeling emotionally shattered.

Godpants This book is incredible. 11mo
RaimeyGallant I don't doubt it. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I just finished this one also. Agree 💯 with your review. And welcome also! 11mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 11mo
bookandcat Welcome to Litsy! 11mo
Red.Reads Thanks all :) 11mo
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Samplergal
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I‘ll try this one. #littenlovebingo #LLB19 The tagged book was my first finish this year and is at 95% approval rating here on Litsy.

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
hermyknee This is so cute! 💖 11mo
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Samplergal
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Actually over 900 deaths. My first finish of the year. #nonfiction2019 Highly recommend this book 📚. I love reading non fiction.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That definitely counts!😂. Great job! 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa But you only get 1 square, not 900! 😉 11mo
librarygoddess619 I was just listening to a podcast about the Jonestown event. I heard this book was good. 11mo
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Samplergal @librarygoddess619 I really enjoyed it. It was hefty but it didn‘t overwhelm. 11mo
Samplergal @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love reading non fiction so this is right up my alley. I finished another one yesterday and now working on Becoming. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Samplergal I‘m listening to Becoming too! 11mo
Kaye Good job ! 11mo
britt_brooke This is one of the best nonfiction books I‘ve ever read! 11mo
Samplergal @britt_brooke It was excellent! Very well researched and well written. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal @britt_brooke I wouldn‘t call it an enjoyable book, but it was excellent and I‘m glad I read it. (About to post my review.) 11mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I know what you mean! I saw your review on your blog earlier. 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @britt_brooke Thanks for subscribing! ♥️ 11mo
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My first #audiobook of the new year! I remember when this happened, and how shocking it was. Cults fascinate me for many reasons, including my own experience escaping a quasi-religious one. Can‘t wait to dive deep into this book!

#relatedtoapodcast #booked2019 #featuringareligionnotyourown #readingwomenchallenge #readingwomen2019

Cinfhen Nice, going for the #DoubleDip 💕💕and you‘ve mentioned the religious cult before but I‘m always shocked when I see that. So glad you got away 11mo
JSW It‘s such an interesting book. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. I have quite a few double dips planned between my two challenges for 2019. Trying to be an efficient #rebelreader! ♥️♥️ 11mo
brandybear22 Definitely a fascinating case, koolaid and all. This one and heavens gate. I‘ve read some things and watched a few documentaries, really quite fascinating. 11mo
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Samplergal
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My first finish of #2019. This was an excellent book, and I actually learned a bit about the background of Jim Jones. I remember being glued to the tv that week in November 1978 and thinking this was a group of religious nuts. It was actually a group wanting more socialist values but under the guise of a church. Jim Jones was a disturbed man, who started out with good intentions, and got out of his lane. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Zelma I listened to this on audio and loved it. 11mo
Crazeedi Oh how I remember this! I'll have to read this 11mo
cathysaid Agreed. This book humanized his followers for me in a way I didn‘t initially see them. 11mo
Lovesbooks87 Welcome to Litsy! 📚📚📚 11mo
dfieb I have this one in my stack of books to be read. 11mo
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The latest audiobook. I have three days to get it back to the library. #toomanybooks

Crazeedi I hear you! #toomanybooks 11mo
MicrobeMom How is it? I love anything about religious cults! 11mo
Samplergal @MicrobeMom I‘m liking it so far. Childhood history and why he was so whacked. Good stuff. I‘ve read so much on cults and some how never saw this one until someone on Litsy posted about it #blameitonlitsy 11mo
MicrobeMom @Samplergal thanks! I will check it out. 11mo
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#BookMail Pt7 I‘ve had this on my Wishlist for awhile now, I actually remember watching this on the news when it happened, my dad always had the 6 o‘clock news on while we ate dinner. This struck me as being so sad, even at 7yrs old.So many babies & young children murdered.I hate cults, people who use a persons belief system against them deserve a nice toasty corner of hell all to themselves.I hope him, Koresh & Manson are enjoying their rewards.

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Already scared 😱

Megabooks This is a great book! 14mo
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kricheal
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Pickpick

Overall really detailed enthralling listen. There was a good bit in the book that I learned that was left out of different documentaries I'd watched in the past.

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Pickpick

My knowledge of the Peoples Temple was pretty limited to popular culture and news retrospectives. So it was fascinating to take a deeper look. And I learned things like how much Jones did for desegregation in Indianapolis that add extra layers. Though I am from northern Indiana, it is odd how I didn‘t realize how close to home all of this was.

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TheDaysGoBy
Pickpick

Just finished listening to this one. I knew the general facts about Jonestown, but this book really laid everything out beginning with Jim Jones as a boy and the things that led to the terrible tragedy. It seemed well researched and was an interesting listen. I‘ve always had a fascination with cults and I could understand/sympathize how so many people got pulled in by it.

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“...As he preached, he would call out names of some in the audience, speaking about personal things he apparently had no way of knowing, and then assuring them that God would intervene. Listeners were flabbergasted.”

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“Jones first successfully amazed revival audiences by relying on memory, not miracles. Before speaking, he began mingling with the crowd, memorizing bits of overheard conversation. Many people attended revivals or healing services in hopes of some miraculous sign that God was aware of and sympathetic to their tribulations. Thanks to his stealthy reconnaissance, Jones provided it.”

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I'm pretty excited to start this next on #audible

SqueakyChu This is probably a very creepy read. Sadly, in the past I met someone who lost a sister in that cult‘s mass suicide. 1y
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1. Beauty and the Beast or Lion King. My sister and I wore out that VHS growing up 😂 I could pick something that was actually released when I was 10 but those were solid favs growing up
2. Fries
3. I‘m living in the early 2000s. Just popped my Usher 8701 CD in my car 😂
4. Got 3 going on at once so I tagged the audiobook I‘m listening to. It‘s longer than I thought!
5. Will do

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

wanderinglynn I loved Beauty and the Beast. I killed my VHS tape of it because I watched it so much. 😂 1y
TheDaysGoBy @wanderinglynn I can still quote that movie word for word. And given that I live alone I tend to sing along to all the songs 😂 1y
wanderinglynn @TheDaysGoBy Me too! When I watched the new live-action version (at home), I was saying all the lines. 😂 1y
jfalkens I loved Beauty and the beast too! Plus with Belle's library 😍 and as I got older the beast(before he gets turned human) 😍 1y
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Wow, this was an intense read. Very well-written and incredibly thoroughly researched, this book spans from way back before Jones‘ birth all the way through the aftermath of the mass suicide in Jonestown. Looking forward to discussing this one with my Bookclub this weekend!
4.5 🌟

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cathysaid
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Take everything you thought you knew about the Jonestown tragedy and toss it out the window. Through careful research, Guinn reveals how (and who) Jones came to be, as well as detailing a progression of events and ideology that fostered an environment where truly intelligent people believed in a movement...right up to the tragic end. An end, by the way, that had nothing to do with KoolAid. Nor did it end with the mass suicide. 4.5/5 ⭐️

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I'm halfway through the book and members are preparing to go to Guyana. As detailed in the book, given all that led up to this, I finally understand how the tragedy occurred. I find myself cheering for those in the Peoples Temple, hoping for a different ending. Wanting to see the members happy and hopeful, I searched the Internet, finding these photos. Unfortunately, I also found a 45 min recording of the mass suicide. I'll never unhear it. 😓

JSW This book was fascinating and sad. 1y
Bostonmomx2 I just saw this at B&N tonight. I think I‘ll see if my library has it. 1y
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Maya has the right idea today 👍
#SunporchSaturday

TheFunkyBookworm I‘m reading this one too- are you enjoying it? (Well maybe enjoying isn‘t the right word, but you know what I mean lol) 1y
JSW I like how you roll 1y
cathysaid @TheFunkyBookworm Right? I'm a third of the way through and much is fascinating but a bit repetitive in some areas. Otherwise, it's really good. Very thoroughly researched. And yes, I want to get to their Guyana time period, which I feel is a bit twisted on my part! 😜 (edited) 1y
cathysaid @JSW Takes practice and training. 😁 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @cathysaid I agree about the repetitiveness- But I feel that way about most true crime books. Im about a third of the way in as well and am also wanting to get to the Guyana part! That prologue sucked me right in! 1y
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As a life long true crime junkie I could never in a million years understand how anyone in their right mind could get caught up in a cult! I guess bc in hindsight you can see the culmination of all the evil and madness involved. It wasn‘t until reading books like this one and Helter Skelter that I‘m able to see how charismatic and manipulative these cult leaders can be- and in a way start to understand it. That is a very scary thing indeed! 😱

Sjhaug Check out the raven too! Is such a crazy story 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @Sjhaug who is the author? 1y
Sjhaug @TheFunkyBookworm Tim Reiterman, was awesome!! 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @Sjhaug thanks! I will! 1y
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Diving back into the world of true crime for my Murderino Bookclub this month! Nothing like some coffee and Jim Jones to start your day lol

Kathleenkelly Are you a fellow murderino?! #MFM 1y
GloVerdino Murderino book club?! SSDGM 1y
TheFunkyBookworm @Kathleenkelly @GloVerdino yes!! There was an offshoot of the mfm fb page for murderinos in Tampa, which created another offshoot of a Tampa Murderino book club! We meet once a month over brunch and discuss our book and all things murderish- love it!!! #ssdgm 1y
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Kathleenkelly @TheFunkyBookworm That sounds like so much fun! Good for you guys!! #stayoutoftheforest 1y
WellReadCatLady So jealous of your book club! 1y
Mem_ugh Yay murderinos!! #SSDGM 1y
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