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The Road to Jonestown
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple | Jeff Guinn
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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 Massacre—the 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 Jones’s 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 died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after 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 Jones’s 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 Jones’s 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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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 🌸 5d
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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 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks!! It‘s wild! 😱 2mo
Mdargusch I read this book and I still can‘t fathom the trust they put in this crazy man. 😢 2mo
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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 😐 2mo
Reviewsbylola So many questions and very few answers! 2mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch I know. Especially after he got so paranoid! 2mo
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. 2mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Agreed! For awhile, years before this book, I‘d search out documentaries about it. 2mo
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Victoriahoperose
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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! 2mo
Victoriahoperose @Hestapleton same! Another book we have in common lol!! 2mo
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RamsFan1963
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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. 2mo
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? 2mo
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. 2mo
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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 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Sounds up my alley - thanks! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Good pick! And I‘m going to grab up that book @Cinfhen mentioned also. 2mo
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Samplergal I loved that book! 2mo
britt_brooke @Samplergal Me, too! It was so thorough, but not dry at all. I love Jeff Guinn‘s writing. 2mo
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. 2mo
britt_brooke @RamsFan1963 I listened to the audio as well. It was long, but the narration was fantastic. Good luck!! 2mo
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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!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 3mo
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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? 3mo
meghan2714 I can't wait to read this, I have several books on this and I need to dive into it . 3mo
LazyDays Intense! This is such a strange story. I've been toying with the idea of reading about it. Glad you enjoyed 3mo
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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 3mo
youneverarrived @meghan2714 its really good! 3mo
youneverarrived @LazyDays I‘d definitely recommend it. 3mo
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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! 4mo
britt_brooke Excellent review! I love Guinn. 4mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s SO good. 4mo
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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! 4mo
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! 4mo
Suet624 This author does such a good job with his material. This book was fascinating. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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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MicheleinPhilly
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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? 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 The app??? 4mo
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 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 SHUT. UP. This is the best news I‘ve had all week! Thanks! 4mo
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 4mo
Reviewsbylola He was def a creepy looking dude. 4mo
Reviewsbylola And also that wine sounds cool. 4mo
Mdargusch I totally buy wine because of the label. I‘m going to be on the lookout for that one! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola He‘s so gross. 😣 4mo
Megabooks I loved this book! I‘m fascinated by the people‘s temple. Enjoy your wine! 4mo
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. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @britt_brooke I know what you mean - he has a weird way with psychopaths. ☺️ 4mo
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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 4mo
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 4mo
AmyG @Crazeedi I remember this too...reading about it in the NY Times. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m about 25% done with this one. It‘s fascinating. 4mo
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. 4mo
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readtheworld
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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. 4mo
readtheworld @TheWordJar It‘s a real page-turner, though the last several chapters are incredibly difficult to read/listen to. 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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. 5mo
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Cinfhen Well done, Barb 🙌🏻 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks! It wasn‘t an easy book, that‘s for sure. 5mo
TheReadingMermaid Oooo 😗 this is on my TBR list!!! 😍 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m curious how this works for #readingwomen when the author is male? 4mo
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! 4mo
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. 4mo
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/ 4mo
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Red.Reads
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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. 5mo
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! 5mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 4mo
bookandcat Welcome to Litsy! 4mo
Red.Reads Thanks all :) 4mo
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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 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
hermyknee This is so cute! 💖 5mo
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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! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa But you only get 1 square, not 900! 😉 5mo
librarygoddess619 I was just listening to a podcast about the Jonestown event. I heard this book was good. 5mo
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Samplergal @librarygoddess619 I really enjoyed it. It was hefty but it didn‘t overwhelm. 5mo
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. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Samplergal I‘m listening to Becoming too! 5mo
Kaye Good job ! 5mo
britt_brooke This is one of the best nonfiction books I‘ve ever read! 5mo
Samplergal @britt_brooke It was excellent! Very well researched and well written. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 5mo
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.) 5mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I know what you mean! I saw your review on your blog earlier. 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @britt_brooke Thanks for subscribing! ♥️ 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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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 5mo
JSW It‘s such an interesting book. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks. I have quite a few double dips planned between my two challenges for 2019. Trying to be an efficient #rebelreader! ♥️♥️ 5mo
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. 5mo
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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. 5mo
Crazeedi Oh how I remember this! I'll have to read this 5mo
cathysaid Agreed. This book humanized his followers for me in a way I didn‘t initially see them. 5mo
Lovesbooks87 Welcome to Litsy! 📚📚📚 5mo
dfieb I have this one in my stack of books to be read. 5mo
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Samplergal
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The latest audiobook. I have three days to get it back to the library. #toomanybooks

Crazeedi I hear you! #toomanybooks 5mo
MicrobeMom How is it? I love anything about religious cults! 5mo
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 5mo
MicrobeMom @Samplergal thanks! I will check it out. 5mo
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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! 7mo
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kricheal
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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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mdemanatee
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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
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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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kricheal
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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. 9mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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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. 😂 10mo
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 😂 10mo
wanderinglynn @TheDaysGoBy Me too! When I watched the new live-action version (at home), I was saying all the lines. 😂 10mo
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) 😍 10mo
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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. 11mo
Bostonmomx2 I just saw this at B&N tonight. I think I‘ll see if my library has it. 10mo
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cathysaid
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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) 11mo
JSW I like how you roll 11mo
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) 11mo
cathysaid @JSW Takes practice and training. 😁 11mo
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! 11mo
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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 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Sjhaug who is the author? 11mo
Sjhaug @TheFunkyBookworm Tim Reiterman, was awesome!! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Sjhaug thanks! I will! 11mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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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 11mo
GloVerdino Murderino book club?! SSDGM 11mo
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 11mo
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Kathleenkelly @TheFunkyBookworm That sounds like so much fun! Good for you guys!! #stayoutoftheforest 11mo
WellReadCatLady So jealous of your book club! 11mo
Mem_ugh Yay murderinos!! #SSDGM 11mo
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TiredLibrarian I was so surprised when reading a book about Harvey Milk to hear that there was a time when Jim Jones & his followers were respected in the Bay Area, and could be counted on as Dem supporters. 11mo
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I‘m starting this 2017 book, my first introduction to the horrific Jonestown tragedy. I know almost nothing about this piece of history, but I love a good cult read. What are you all reading this afternoon? 😊

KristinaRay I‘ve always been fascinated with Jonestown. I may have to read this book. 11mo
Readage @KristinaRay 👍🏼 Might be worth your time!! 11mo
TiredLibrarian An equally happy and fascinating nonfiction tale! 11mo
Readage @TiredLibrarian Awesome, I‘ll check it out!! 11mo
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cathysaid
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Snagged this one today as a deal on #Kindle. I'm only 25 pages in and I'm hooked. This is gonna be one crazy ride. #batshitcrazy #truthisstrangerthanfiction

Bookladylinda I need to check out the kindle deal!!! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️ 11mo
8little_paws Sweet. I own this in hardcover, read it and loved it, but now I can replace with a cheap kindle copy and donate my paper version. I'm trying to reduce the # of physical books I own, but enjoy kindle versions a lot and don't want to get rid of books that I haven't read, or that i really liked and that i know I'll want to keep a copy of. 11mo
cathysaid @Bookladylinda Run Forrest...run! 11mo
cathysaid @8little_paws That sounds like a great idea! 11mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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These are the upcoming books for each of my in-person book clubs. I‘m curious how your Bookclubs meet and select books...
📚 True Crime and Brunch- fb group with a monthly poll to choose next book/meets in restaurants monthly
📚 Small 4 person group- rotate taking turns picking/hosting (except for one girl who never hosts 😤)
📚Books and Brews- started on meetup/ meet monthly at breweries & restaurants/ choose the next book together each meeting

Reviewsbylola We always have one person that hosts. They can either host at their home or choose a restaurant. They also choose the next book. That‘s so annoying that you have a member that won‘t host. Especially with such a small group!! 11mo
CarolynM My group meets monthly at my house (long story as to why). We discuss possible future reads and try to choose by consensus, sometimes month to month, sometimes 2 or 3 months in advance. 11mo
Pamwurtzler We‘re starting a no pressure book club - bring the book you want to share with the group. We‘ll see how it goes! 11mo
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monalyisha I have a book club with my college friends; there are 6 of us, so we each choose 2 books for the year. We have a shared Google Sheet that we enter it all into. There‘s also a suggestions tab w/ links for people who have trouble coming up with titles. We‘re scattered around the country, so we use Google Hangouts & meet virtually via video chat. We‘ve kept it going for 5 years! It helps us keep in touch consistently when we otherwise might not have! (edited) 11mo
monalyisha I also have a short stories book club, which has been great, format-wise. If you don‘t finish the book, there‘s no pressure/spoilers. And people can text ahead of time & say which stories they really want to discuss, so if you didn‘t even START the book, you can at least sneak a few in before the meeting. 😅 BUT - we‘re incredibly disorganized about picking books AND meeting. 🙈 We‘ve mostly met at a central location & have picnicked in parks. 11mo
lildeb_8 Beartown is awesome! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @monalyisha wow thanks for sharing!!! Both of these sound awesome! (edited) 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Pamwurtzler good luck!!! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @CarolynM I kind of like the consensus idea best as well! This way u don‘t get stuck reading a bunch of books your not interested in! 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Reviewsbylola see, I thought i was going to like this format best but it‘s just not working out very great! The one girl has a baby so I get not hosting (with bed time etc) BUT then she ever contributes or will take anyone up on an offer to host at their house... also the 4 of us are so different that I‘m often not wild about the book selections lol I‘d like to bail but I feel guilty bc the group is so small! 😬 11mo
monalyisha @TheFunkyBookworm With your 4 person group, you could definitely each choose 3 books for the year! Divides nicely. 🤗 And maybe you could also be responsible for hosting when discussing the book of your choice. 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
TheFunkyBookworm @monalyisha lol we do but I actually like a consensus and meeting in a restaurant better- which is total opposite how I thought I was going to feel lol maybe it‘s just bc of this group being so small- we have some hosting and book picking issues 😂 11mo
MissAimz_55 We have a little caboodle of book recommendations that we are always adding book titles. Then we pick randomly out of it at each book club meeting. 11mo
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GondorGirl
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I've been listening to this audio book on Jonestown and decided to look up and listen to the entire "death tape"... and holy shit this is some crazy, scary, disturbing stuff.

Mdargusch It is so awful. 12mo
maximoffs I'm OBSESSED with Jonestown 12mo
GondorGirl @maximoffs It's equal parts fascinating and horrifying. I don't even mind the 17+ hour audio book. 12mo
ReadingEnvy I listened to an audiobook from someone who was THERE and survived and phew.... 12mo
GondorGirl @ReadingEnvy Shelved! 12mo
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Aswenson
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Wow. This is a really detailed account of everything that led to the Jonestown Massacre... Like watching a very slow train wreck. The ending is very difficult to listen to, but I‘m glad to learn about it all.
The author‘s description of a demagogue and followers is eerily reflective of Trump and his base.
Highly recommend.

TheReadingMermaid Don't drink the Kool-Aid man! 😵 12mo
Aswenson @Syndelle777 The infamous warning should actually be “Don‘t drink the Flavor-Aid” 😜 12mo
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Cortg
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Wow! This was an extremely well researched book about Jim Jones and The People‘s Temple. It wasn‘t biased. It spelled out the good, the bad and the ugly of this “religion” and the tragedy that occurred in Guyana when over 900 people died. I was just a tot when this happened but I have seen pictures and had an idea of the story. I really felt I learned a lot listening to this audiobook. A chilling piece of history.

britt_brooke This was one of my favorite reads last year! So well-written and the audio narration was superb. 13mo
Cortg @britt_brooke The audio was excellent! 13mo
GondorGirl I'm next in line at my library for the audio book. Your review makes me hope the hold comes in quickly! 13mo
Cortg @GondorGirl It was looooong but it held my interest. Such a crazy story. I hope you enjoy it. 12mo
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Aswenson
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Starting this popular one on #Audible
Already hooked!

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Morr_Books
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This was a long one. I try not to read long ones for the #readathon but I had already started it and it is due back at the library tomorrow. It was interesting. I did not know that much about Jones or the People's Temple and this was packed full of information...almost too much information. All the names started to blend and I got a bit confused on who was who, but I guess in the end that didn't matter. 3.5/5 @DeweysReadathon #deweysreadathon

Mdargusch I agree it was long and lots of details! 13mo
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thelizflynn
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Pure insanity. This was a very interesting book, and very sad.