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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The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Reviews
I had no idea.
I, like so many of us, knew the Jonestown "Massacre" from metaphorical references to Kool-Aid (which, this book is keen to point out was actually Flavor-Aid), and ... in some foggy memory from the eighties ... an episode of Phil Donahue. But I really knew nothing.
The thing that strikes me most about Jeff Guinn's book about Peoples Temple and Jim Jones is how fair Guinn is with his subjects. Guinn is assiduous when pointing out the good Peoples Temple and Jones himself did for the ...more
I’m fascinated by cults but felt this book could have been streamlined. There were parts with tedious information that I found myself skimming to get to the interesting parts. Thoroughly researched, this book has lots of information surrounding everything Jonesville and The Peoples Temple. It is a valuable research tool for the subject, but not a light, fun read by any means.
Last year I read In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter. And I really liked both. So I wanted to read another true crime book. Though this is an interesting (and unsettling) history and I wanted to know more about it, I was not as invested in it as in the other 2 books I mentioned. Maybe it is because in the others the writer was less objective and more involved with the crimes or criminals so that it felt less distant. Here I sometimes felt it was more of an enumeration of facts and events. But still ...more
"Her fear was that a mass suicide would not be appreciated as a sincere and historic statement: 'I know we can't worry about how [what we do] will be interpreted... maybe in some 50 years someone will understand and perhaps be motivated. I don't have much illusion about all that. I just hate to see it all go for naught.'
- Carolyn Layton, Peoples Temple member, and mother of one of Jim Jones' children
Jeff Guinn lays everything out in The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple - he re ...more
“Who wants to go with their child has a right .... I think it’s humane.” - Jim Jones
I only knew vague details, and only of the end result, prior to reading this. My god, this story is fascinating, captivating, and truly devastating. Definitely one of my top reads of this year.
The audio is impeccably narrated. I also grabbed the ebook for the times I couldn’t listen. I preferred the audio, but there’s a photo section in the ebook (like the physical book) that really adds to the story. If you real ...more
Jeff Guinn's comprehensive account of Jim Jones covers all facets of his life and work, leading to the day in November 1978 when 918 died, most by their own hand, on orders from their leader.
Jones' life started out with an ambitious but not very industrious mother who married for money and a good name but ended up with an injured WWII veteran who had sustained nerve gas damage and would eventually self-medicate himself into the grave. Jim's mother, forced to work and with little patience for chi ...more
Let me toss out a hypothetical here. Let's say the US has been embroiled in an unpopular overseas war for some time. At home, the urban poor are having trouble finding decent wages. Politicians are in constant badgering disagreement. Police brutality toward people of color is troublesome. There are major concerns about Russia's intentions toward our country.
A young minister is down at his heels financially, but because he believes firmly in racial equality, he and his wife adopt children of diff ...more
The Road to Jonestown was fascinating -- and depressing. I listened to the audio. The author, Jeff Guinn, did a great job of tracing Jim Jones' history and the events leading up to the mass suicide in Jonestown. It's a good study of the making of a narcissistic paranoid megalomaniac. It's still hard for me to understand how Jones attracted and kept his many followers, but I feel that I get it a bit more. Jones had a great need for approval and adulation, and he seemed to be able to zero in on pe ...more