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Raven Audiobook

Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People

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The basis for the upcoming HBO miniseries and the "definitive account of the Jonestown massacre" (Rolling Stone).

Tim Reiterman's Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the murderous ordeal at Jonestown in 1978.

This PEN Award-winning work explores the ideals gone wrong, the intrigue, and the grim realities behind the Peoples Temple and its implosion in the jungle of South America. Reiterman's reportage clarifies enduring misperceptions of the character and motives of Jim Jones, the reasons why people followed him, and the important truth that many of those who perished at Jonestown were victims of mass murder rather than suicide.

This widely sought work is restored to print after many years with a new preface by the author.

©2008 Tim Reiterman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "What a very thoroughly written book!"

    Obviously this was very well-researched. The reader leaves with a much better understanding of what happened, the people affected, and what went wrong. Many passages were jaw-dropping. It's one of those books you just can't set down.

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    COJoebro Olympia, WA 05-08-17
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    "Provides authoritative insight into an enduring American tragedy"

    There is no getting around it, the story of the People's Temple and Jonestown is haunting, perplexing, tragic and so disturbing. We want to distance ourselves from this event. We want to believe that we would never be taken in by an ego maniacal narcissist but there are many Americans who are part of cult groups. Having read extensively about Jim Jones and the people he murdered, I am humbled. This is the most authoritative work on the topic. The authors care in sourcing and researching of every detail is evident throughout and the amazing insight into the final chapter that one of the authors can bring to bear because of his first hand knowledge is powerful.

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    night owl 05-05-17
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    "Oh My God!"

    And I'm not cussing when I say that. Raven is one of ,if not the most unbelievable horror stories I've read.I found it terribly upsetting. What makes it so shocking for me is these people are Americans of all ages and backgrounds. Jones controlled everything about their lives, abused them mentally and physically .They stood by while he abused other Temple members,even the children. Raven does a fantastic job of showing how Jones gained this power over his followers. The book is long but perhaps necessarily so.Tim Reiterman keeps the story flowing,as does the narrator.

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    Cindy 05-06-17
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    AWESOME!!!! Amazingly researched and written. Narration is excellent. Truly mind boggling that Jim Jones was able to control so many for so long. He was a foul mouth meglomanic , an abuser, a sexual miscreant, but had the ability to control others.

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    "eye opener very thorough"

    one of the most informative books on the topic, i am about to listen to another so I will be able to compare, also a very good narrator which makes all the difference

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    Amazon Customer Casa Grande, AZ, USA 04-27-17
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    "Jim Jones and Jonestown"

    A recitation of the risks of BEING G-D. Will our egos EVER learn? Well written.

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