Having been born in 1975 I have only hear references to Jones Town and Drinking the Kool Aid. This book was eye opening and insightful. I feel I have a good understanding of what happened and why. I can now speak intelligently about it to others if needed and I will not use the reference of Drinking the Kool Aid again.
This was a riveting, amazing account of Jonestown. I was a teen when it happened. I thought I knew the story. I didn't. Everyone needs to read this and understand how easily we can be taken in.
Yes, it was very informative. But very dry and slow.
I haven't decided probably something by Harlen Coben.
I was really curious about the subject, but this was more like listening to a lecture. It wasn't very entertaining but it was very informative.
Yes, Although the ultimate fate of Jim Jones and his followers is well known, much of the information in this book is not.
It is really hard to imagine how such a deranged person could manipulate/trick so many people.This is a well researched and well written book which chronicles the life of Jim Jones from his beginning to his end... and all the horrible things he did in between. This author expounded on many aspects of this story, of which , I had only been vaguely aware. The author did her homework and that is what will keep you riveted throughout this book.
Even though I knew what was going to happen to the news crew and to the congressman who came to investigate and to rescue anyone who wanted to leave the compound, I found this portion of the book to be most unsettling and jarring. It really was a shocking account of the event.
Non Fiction Listener but huge Liar in my regular life
It is told in a blanced and even way. The author takes a non judgemental view particularly toward the victims. The story builds as the sect moves to South America especially not knowing if the stories of individual are survivors. It's a memorizing story utilizing how a sidewalk preacher from the Midwest can convince 500 people to kill themselves in a jungle. I recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in the subject.
I studied cults in graduate school and had a passing familiarity with the history of Jim Jones and the People's Temple. However, this book goes more in depth and brings more life to the members of People's Temple than anything else I've read or watched on the subject. It's a fascinating read and treats the survivors with the respect and dignity that their story deserves.
A touching tribute to people who were, as Julia put it, betrayed. Given the author's background, I am even more impressed with her ability to search for truth, and not just characterize things from one point of view. Great author, great book.
Like so many, I heard about Jonestown on the 6 o'clock news. Mainly just the total number dead, that the Senator had been killed, and a few ghastly photographs. That was about all that I heard and the usage of "don't drink the KoolAid" as a warning of not to believe everything you hear.
So this account provided a lot of needed, wanted, and necessary information to really understand the back-story and everything that lead up to the horrible suicide/murder event.
The author did a very good job of drawing a clear narrative from the massive amount of available information. And Robin Miles gave a perfect narration.