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' life, from his extramarital affairs, drug use, and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost 1,000 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 900 people died - including almost 300 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' 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' 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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By Sara Russell on 10-05-2018
It drags on a touch.
The narration of this book itself is absolutely fine. However, this is a seriously long audiobook and I found myself losing interest about halfway through.
I'm a fast reader, so possibly had I been reading it, I might have finished it. But I'm not sure to be honest - it drags on a bit.
But on the positive, it is incredibly researched, well detailed and it does not use emotive language like "evil" or "brain washing" - it provides the facts.
By Erin on 01-03-2018
Hefty, lengthy and ridiculously compelling
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Naturally the "incident" is the big moment in this book and it's written beautifully. It's incredibly sad, and goes into sufficient detail to make you stop whatever you're doing and get involved, to the point you feel for each and every person who lost their lives.