I like historical novels.
This book gave me a chance to find some explanations as to what makes a person along with their children join a cult like this. This gave a look into these poor souls who got caught up in a nightmare.
This book explains who Rev Jim Jones was, who are the people who loyally followed him and why, as well as what led up to that horrible day when nearly a thousand people committed mass suicide. Learning the backgrounds of Jones and his followers living in such a tumultuous time in American history allows for some understanding of what happened and why. It's sobering and sad, but paints a fuller picture of this tragedy.
As a person who was born after the Jonestown tragedy I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It's well written and performed and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in American history.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
The story is a familiar one. A man is charismatic enough to convince others to do what he wants and evil enough to manipulate for his own egotistic gains. We have seen many like him though the scale of this story is extraordinary. Jim Jones was a liar, an abuser of elderly, a child moslester, a thief, a bully.... Jim Jones was an evil man who had the ability to convince. To brainwash. And because of this man more than 900 died.
The book tells their tale with respect and a level of disgust that is appropriate. It is a distressing and disconcerting story which lingers in my mind. As another reviewer said -- it left me angry. It also left me deeply, intensely sad.
Shocking story of Jim Jones tyrannical years as head of The People's Church in San Francisco and its eventual suicidal collapse in the jungle of Guyana. Cautionary tale of fanatic religious practices that reminds of ISIS today.
This is a story that so needed to be told, a real memorial to most of the Johnstown people, those who were innocent and did not want to die. It is a hard tale to listen to but so important as a cautionary tale.
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.