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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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Lizpixie
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To my endless frustration, I‘m still struggling with post-Covid brain fog, which means I have a foot high stack of books I‘ve tried to force myself to read. What do you do when reading is your life & the ability disappears? Here‘s to hoping it‘s not permanent🙏 Trying #audioknitting tonight to the tagged NF audiobook. We‘ll see if I can keep interest in this one. And maybe I‘ll finish Jaxons baby blanket in time for his 1st birthday in September!

CarolynM Sending love, Liz💕 Hope you get some improvement soon. 5mo
DivineDiana Be gentle on yourself. ❤️ 5mo
JackOBotts Wishing you continued recovery. The blanket looks beautiful. 💚🧡💚🧡 5mo
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TheLudicReader Hope things improve soon. ❤️ 5mo
sblbooks When I'm not feeling well, reading juvenile fiction is easier. Try reading a middle grade novel. 5mo
Soubhiville I‘m sorry you‘re struggling. It‘s ok to listen to a podcast or watch some cheesy television for a bit instead of reading. I know you miss it but the books will be there when you‘re ready to go back. 5mo
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry. 😞 FWIW, I found that book to be a super engaging audio. Hope it works for you, too! 5mo
Dragon Sorry the brain fog is hanging on. Hope you find something you can enjoy listening to. Take care and be kind to yourself 💚🐉 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I honestly can't imagine!!! Hopefully you feel better soon!!! When I don't feel like reading, I tend to go to comfort rereads and low-stress fluff 😂 But sometimes I think our brains just need some time off!! The books will be there for you whenever you feel like reading again ❤ 5mo
ElizaMarie I found this audio very captivating. I hope you are able to enjoy it 5mo
AmyG Maybe it‘s just audiobooks for a bit. I hope the fog goes away soon. 😘 5mo
robinb I love that you‘re turning to something beautiful and soothing (just like books). 😊 Hope the fog dissipates soon. 5mo
SamAnne I‘m coming out of a big life transition and bit of depression. It has been my worst reading year ever. Inability to concentrate. 22 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, LOL. I feel like I‘m coming out of it. Reading more thrillers and faster reads and not beating myself up about the 10 more literary fiction and non-fiction I‘ve been unable to finish. Is what it it. Hope it gets better for,you! (edited) 5mo
Lizpixie @CarolynM @DivineDiana @JackOBotts @TheLudicReader @sblbooks @Soubhiville @MaureenMc @Dragon @TheAromaofBooks @ElizaMarie @AmyG @robinb @SamAnne Thank you all sooo much for your love & support! I‘ll definitely be trying some of your tips to get my reading self back on track & I‘ll try to take it easier on myself & let go of the frustration & despair. What would I do without you marvelous Littens! #LitsyLoveBomb #Gratitude #Positivity 5mo
Tamra I only just discovered knitting and it‘s soothing in the repetition. I hope you get your reading powers back soon! How about audio knitting? 5mo
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DieAReader Such a cutie♥️♥️ 8mo
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DieAReader @ElizaMarie I found it to be addictive lol. I just couldn‘t make myself put it down for long🤣♥️ I hope you continue to enjoy it straight through to the end.♥️ 8mo
jessinikkip Ive read this and Loved it myself 8mo
ElizaMarie @DieAReader I am already on Chapter 8! And I don't want to do anything else than to listen to this! 8mo
DieAReader @ElizaMarie 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️Same thing happened to me🤣 8mo
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DieAReader
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#WeekendReading #20in4 #BookNookBuddies2022 #KickTheSlump #BookSpinBingo

So very hard to put this one down! Extremely well written imo. I was enthralled/addicted right from the get go. Definitely a recommended read📚

CoverToCoverGirl My TBR list just grew. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl So worth it though!😉🤓 8mo
DieAReader @TheAromaofBooks ☺️☺️ 8mo
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No, it's not a particularly Christmasy book, and I don't know what it says about me that I can go from reading Hallmark like books to True Crime cult books, but I can. This made for a super engaged book club discussion, and even though the book was chunky as hell, we all ended up deep diving into documentaries and blogs to learn even more. #WinterGames #MistletoeManiacs #TBRread @Clwojick

Christy2318 There‘s a meme for this - “We‘re either sleighin‘ or slayin‘” 😆 11mo
H_SQUARED The Ashes of Waco is another good book about cults. It shows another side to the story. 11mo
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Eggbeater
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After reading this book, I felt I came away with a better understanding of how this tragedy could have happened. It was the insidious grain of truth in Jim Jones's message that killed them. Most of these people meant to do good in the world and found themselves in the thrall of a demagogue.

The book was well written. I think the author could have used a sensitivity reader when he wrote about race.

2nd bk
#dashingdecember #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 11mo
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kimmypete1
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An in depth look at Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. It was a wild ride, especially once they start in Guyana.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

#AVeryMerryReadathon #Wintercosy #WrapItUpReadathon @TheSpineView @puddlejumper @keys_on_fire #DecemberChill @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

TheSpineView Excellant 12mo
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Other than wishing that this book was a tad bit shorter, I found myself caught up in the crazy world Jim Jones created.

I only new the highlights of this cult, but this book has a ton of information on Jim Jones and his followers. I liked that it started before he formed Peoples Temple and went all the way to the mass suicide.

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LibraryCin
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Audio. I actually didn‘t know much about Jim Jones or his followers, so this was new to me except the “Kool Aid” suicide. I can see where he would have been very charismatic and appealing with his outlook on life, initially, at least. I would have liked to know more of the aftermath and the people left behind. The narrator was good. It was long, so yes, I did lose interest occasionally, but not often and overall, I thought it was well done

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Am I the only one who feels like most non-fiction books can really just be summed up in an hour long podcast?? I‘m about half way through and getting bored with this one, I just wanna know why they drank the kool-aid already!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book covers the very beginning of The Temple up until the mass suicide. The author also gives us background information on many of the members and leaders. Such a sad part of history. Hard to believe so many so willingly followed this man.

britt_brooke The year this came out, it was my top read of the year. Jeff Guinn is amazing! 2y
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BeansPage
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In summary, this is a great book with a lot of very incredible information that I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in the subject.

You can read my full review here:
https://sumisbooks.weebly.com/book-reviews/the-road-to-jonestown-by-jeff-guinn

Sleepswithbooks I second that @SumisBooks!! 🤗😘 3y
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goodbyefrancie
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I'm old enough to remember this event, but didn't know the whole story. This book details so much. It really gives a good example of the blind devotion people have for some "leaders", as well as how power can drive someone to do horrible things. I swore I would read lighter fare this year, but it hasn't happened yet. Good book, interesting and tragic story, but definitely heavy.

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Sleepswithbooks
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Gissy Ok😂🤣 3y
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goodbyefrancie
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#audiopuzzling on my rainy day off. The puzzle looks fun, but this book is disturbing.

#Audible

TheSpineView Great puzzle! 3y
Lesanne I read this book, truly stranger than fiction. Love the puzzle, btw! 3y
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goodbyefrancie
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1. Tagged (audio), and Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott
2. When All is Said by Anne Griffin - staff pick at my favorite indie bookstore
3. The Girls of Atomic City was pretty good.

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

RamsFan1963 The Road to Jonestown is such an amazing book!! 3y
goodbyefrancie @RamsFan1963 I just started, but good so far. I swore I would read lighter books this year, but keep gravitating to heavier subjects. 3y
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Chapter 14: “Jones interrupted his own sermons to hawk photos of himself for $5 each. Having such a photo- the picture blessed, of course, by Jones - guaranteed the owner immunity from disasters such as assault, fire, or cancer. Since each photo was good for protection from only one potential catastrophe, it was sensible to buy several.”

😂😂😂 Everything about that quote is “sensible.” 😂😂😂

Tracyantoon That guy was a piece of work! This book blew my mind. 3y
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Up to Ch. 14 now.
I don't understand how a man who did such wonderful things went so very wrong. I mean, he fed the hungry, clothed the poor, cared for the elderly, did TONS of community outreach and even adopted needy children. For lack of a better way to put it, the man was a saint. Where did it all go so terribly wrong? I'm kind of in shock right now reading this.
Thoughts? 😃

#JonestownBuddyRead @Stacypatrice

LauraJ That surprised me too because I had never heard about the good stuff. 3y
Sleepswithbooks @SumisBooks I just started Chapter 14 and although his manipulative tendencies show in some areas, in others he seems like a good person. Remember.... Ted Bundy worked on a suicide crisis hotline. This is why we hear so many people claim, “But he is such a good boy, (or girl)” when someone is on the news for murder. 3y
BeansPage @Stacypatrice so very true 3y
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Started “Schizo” from the wonderful @TorieStorieS this afternoon and joining the amazing @SumisBooks in a buddy read of The Road to Jonestown.”

Thank you #Litsylove for bringing the gift of these women and so many others folks into my life!! I‘m feeling grateful.

BeansPage ❤️🤗❤️ 3y
AmyG 💕 3y
TorieStorieS You are really emptying out your TBR basket!! 🥳🥳🥳 3y
Sleepswithbooks @TorieStorieS I am!! But I made another one to work through when I get to the bottom of this one!! 3y
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This passage really got to me when I read it. I kept thinking what would poor Max be thinking after everything was said and done? Would he feel like he was responsible for everything that happened simply because he encouraged his friend? What a terrible thought. I can't help but feel sympathy for Max for that reason.

What are your thoughts hun? 😃
#JonestownBuddyRead @Stacypatrice

Sleepswithbooks @SumisBooks - I would hope Max realized his friend didn‘t encourage his friend to be the sick person he was - a manipulator of the people. Max had nothing to do with what Jim was already becoming from an early age (e.g. telling people he suffered terribly at the hands of his physically abusive father, who was in fact, too sick for that to be true). He wanted to encourage his childhood friend to be anything that he wanted to be. I hope he saw that. 3y
Sleepswithbooks I just started chapter 7 😃 3y
BeansPage @Stacypatrice I sincerely hope that he saw that too. It's just so sad 😢 And yay! I'm on chapter 14 now. 3y
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BeansPage
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Starting this one today. Just read the prologue... DAMN!!!
😱😱😱

Sleepswithbooks I just got this in the mail from Book Outlet! 3y
RamsFan1963 Fantastic book!! One of my favorite reads of 2019. 3y
BeansPage @Stacypatrice OMG girl! Wanna do a buddy read??? 3y
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BeansPage @RamsFan1963 I'm liking it so far. I love that it's written like a biography and not a true crime with all the police procedure & jargon. 3y
BeansPage @Stacypatrice okay awesome! I have already started and I am on chapter 7 I believe. 😊 Have you started reading yet? 3y
Sleepswithbooks @SumisBooks ... Not yet 😃 I can start today. 3y
BeansPage @Stacypatrice yay! 🎉🎉 3y
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Soooo I thought reading a book about a cult would be a good idea right now. 😳 This is an exhaustive account of the man behind the massacre at Jonestown. It is very thorough and honestly if it wasn‘t on audio I don‘t think I could have made it through the whole thing. Well written and researched but utterly heartbreaking.
“On Jones‘ instruction Larry Schacht ordered 1 pound of sodium cyanide, enough for 1800 lethal doses. It cost $8.85.”

Trashcanman It's easy to make, well Hydrogen Cyanide anyhow. 3y
mollyrotondo This was a very exhausting book. I read it a few months ago and it took me pretty much a whole month to get through. I‘m glad I read it though 3y
Tracyantoon @Trashcanman I found that quote so profound because in the end over 900 people lost their lives to a concoction that was under $10 total. 3y
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Tracyantoon @mollyrotondo I am also glad I made it through this book but most definitely need a light and fluffy read now! 3y
Trashcanman @Tracyantoon Yes it's pretty unbelievable. 3y
TerriGreen Wow! I had no idea. This one has been on my TBR for a while. Sounds heartbreaking. 3y
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#hiselderliness #bookreport #weeklyforecast

I‘m either early for this week @Cinfhen or late for last week! 😂😂 As you predicted Dad bailed on the Jonestown book #greatmindsthinkalike
He enjoyed Journeys in the Wild but reckons “men with children should stick around and not take up dangerous jobs far away from them”. He loved and highly recommends Buried in the Sky.
Just added the two books on the bottom right to his pile.

LeahBergen I‘m enjoying his book reviews. 😆 3y
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Centique @LeahBergen thanks Leah 😘 He has a unique take on things that‘s for sure. 3y
Rissreads You are so lucky to have this connection with books with your Dad. 💚 3y
TrishB Great post 👍🏻 I love your dads take on books too. 3y
Centique @Rissreads thank you! And it‘s so weird because I never saw him read a book until he grew too frail to do his usual physical outdoors and motorcycle stuff. So this is a new thing since he turned 80 😊 3y
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kyraleseberg
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This has been on my TBR for a long time and I finally picked it up after noticing it on countless lists recently for past decade favorites.

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abookishbutterfly
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Cult life dynamics
and abduction stories
Ghosts that will haunt you
and dogs in their glory
Books that embrace
the myth of changelings
These are a few
of my favorite things

These books DO represent some of my favorite themes in books! What themes and tropes do you gravitate towards?

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britt_brooke
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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. 3y
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. 3y
Suet624 Really great picks. 3y
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MrBook Wow!!! How the heck did you narrow down?! It‘ll take me days. 😆👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
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? 3y
MrBook Not yet. I shall. Oh, I shall! 3y
Cinfhen This is an awesome list!!!! I need to revisit Road To Jonestown and I really have to check out 3y
Cinfhen Sedaris definitely earns a spot too!!! 3y
Mdargusch Great list! The tagged book was fascinating! 3y
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. 3y
britt_brooke @Mdargusch Thanks! Yes, that book blew my mind!! Jeff Guinn is such an engaging NF author. 3y
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My top 5 books of the decade (by genre) -- History and Biography

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Heatherfeather
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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. 3y
Heatherfeather @britt_brooke I have not but now I TOTALLY WILL. and yay another cult fanatic (hahahaha that sounds weird) 3y
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. 3y
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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! 3y
TheDaysGoBy Yeah a lot stuff in that book blew my mind 3y
Reecaspieces This is a crazy book!! 3y
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jessinikkip
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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 3y
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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! 3y
TheDaysGoBy I listened to the audiobook. It was good 3y
Laughterhp That‘s a late night! Hopefully you were able to sleep! 3y
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Awesome step count! But I hope you were able to get some sleep. 3y
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 3y
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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!👍🏽 3y
Hoopiefoot I switch between podcasts and audiobooks 3y
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! 3y
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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. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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BridgetteM I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Be prepared to learn a lot about Jim Jones 3y
Aseleener I have not read this one but I loved Guinn's book about Bonnie and Clyde. 3y
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. 3y
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! 3y
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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). 3y
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. 3y
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). 3y
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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! 3y
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. 3y
wanderinglynn It does sound fascinating. 3y
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan That‘s so interesting. I didn‘t realize the Navy helped clean up Jonestown. 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
LibrarianRyan @TheSpineView I agree. People always remember “drink the Kool-Aid“ but very few know what brought it about. 3y
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). 3y
wanderinglynn @LibrarianRyan Ah, I‘ve been learning all about the Seabees. (I started as an assistant counsel for the Navy in February.) 3y
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. 3y
monalyisha Omg @LibrarianRyan! That‘s incredibly interesting (& also not enviable)! Your dad sounds like a fascinating guy. 3y
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. 3y
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) 3y
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. 3y
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. 3y
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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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Oliveldn
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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 🌸 4y
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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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Megabooks
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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 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks!! It‘s wild! 😱 4y
Mdargusch I read this book and I still can‘t fathom the trust they put in this crazy man. 😢 4y
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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 😐 4y
Reviewsbylola So many questions and very few answers! 4y
Megabooks @Mdargusch I know. Especially after he got so paranoid! 4y
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. 4y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Agreed! For awhile, years before this book, I‘d search out documentaries about it. 4y
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

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! 4y
Victoriahoperose @Hestapleton same! Another book we have in common lol!! 4y
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RamsFan1963
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Pickpick

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. 4y
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? 4y
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. 4y
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britt_brooke
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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 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Sounds up my alley - thanks! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick! And I‘m going to grab up that book @Cinfhen mentioned also. 4y
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Samplergal I loved that book! 4y
britt_brooke @Samplergal Me, too! It was so thorough, but not dry at all. I love Jeff Guinn‘s writing. 4y
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. 4y
britt_brooke @RamsFan1963 I listened to the audio as well. It was long, but the narration was fantastic. Good luck!! 4y
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Samplergal
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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!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 4y
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QueenAnne
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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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youneverarrived
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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? 4y
MStew I can't wait to read this, I have several books on this and I need to dive into it . 4y
LazyDays Intense! This is such a strange story. I've been toying with the idea of reading about it. Glad you enjoyed 4y
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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 4y
youneverarrived @meghan2714 its really good! 4y
youneverarrived @LazyDays I‘d definitely recommend it. 4y
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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! 4y
britt_brooke Excellent review! I love Guinn. 4y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s SO good. 4y
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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! 4y
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! 4y
Suet624 This author does such a good job with his material. This book was fascinating. 4y
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. 4y
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AmyG
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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? 4y
MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 The app??? 4y
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 4y
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MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 SHUT. UP. This is the best news I‘ve had all week! Thanks! 4y
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 4y
Reviewsbylola He was def a creepy looking dude. 4y
Reviewsbylola And also that wine sounds cool. 4y
Mdargusch I totally buy wine because of the label. I‘m going to be on the lookout for that one! 4y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola He‘s so gross. 😣 4y
Megabooks I loved this book! I‘m fascinated by the people‘s temple. Enjoy your wine! 4y
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. 4y
MicheleinPhilly @britt_brooke I know what you mean - he has a weird way with psychopaths. ☺️ 4y
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AmyG
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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 4y
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 4y
AmyG @Crazeedi I remember this too...reading about it in the NY Times. 4y
MicheleinPhilly I‘m about 25% done with this one. It‘s fascinating. 4y
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. 4y
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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. 4y
readtheworld @TheWordJar It‘s a real page-turner, though the last several chapters are incredibly difficult to read/listen to. 4y
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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! 4y
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