The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

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 Massacre the 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, aBy the New York Times bestselling author of Manson, the comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre the 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 Jones s 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 than nine hundred people died including almost three hundred 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 s 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 s orders The Road to Jonestown is the definitive book about Jim Jones and the events that led to the tragedy at Jonestown.
The Road to Jonestown Jim Jones and Peoples Temple 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 Massacre the largest murder suicide

  • Title: The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
  • Author: Jeff Guinn
  • ISBN: 9781476763828
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Pardon my rambling my mind has not been this blown by a book in a long, long time!First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jeff Guinn, and Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.My ongoing trek though the world of biographies would not have been complete without a comprehensive piece about an individual who is often misunderstood in history. Jeff Guinn has provided this with his stellar piece on Jim Jones [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn is a 2017 Simon & Schuster publication. Thoroughly chilling…While I was only in my early teens in 1978, I still recall the news footage of the “Jonestown Massacre”. I understood on some level what had happened, but I couldn’t fully digest it. I tried not to watch the news reports and steered clear of conversations about it because it made me extremely uncomfortable. It was too much for me to cope with, and in al [...]

    4. So I've always sort of had a grim fascination with cults & extreme religious groups. It's one of humanity's most despicable tendencies, but it's incredibly interesting to me to see how groups of otherwise intelligent people become entrapped in factions like this that are so easy to condemn in hindsight.This story in particular held my attention because:1. Many folks I know were actually alive when the tragedy of Jim Jones & Peoples Temple came about, as it happened in the late 70's. This [...]

    5. Won this book in a giveaway. After I received it, I met the author at the San Antonio Book Festival and got my book signed!!!! In The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People's Temple, the author does a good job describing Jim Jones and the events that lead up to the suicide-murder through extensive research and interviews. I remember hearing about it on the car radio (when I was a youngen) yet not truly understanding the horrendous act until many years later. If you want to learn new detail [...]

    6. This book is mostly composed of what I can only describe as administrative details of Jim Jones's People Temple. Pages and pages and pages of unimportant, forgettable detail. The move to Jonestown, where 900 Americans would meet their tragic end in the Guyanese jungle at the orders of their cult leader, doesn't even happen until 350 pages into the book. The murder/suicide itself gets crammed into about 3 paragraphs. I don't understand why this author chose to prioritize the irrelevant and gloss [...]

    7. "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' childrenJeff Guinn lays everything out in The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple - he retra [...]

    8. An Audible purchase.I am old enough to remember the news accounts of Jonestown back in 1978 and the self-inflicted for the most part) deaths of 918 people -- children to seniors. I often wondered what would drive people to such fanatical support of a leader that they would be willing to die for a cause that did not merit it. It was not Mesada. There was no invasion. For the most part, Jones brought it down on himself and through a very paranoid but methodical brain ended the lives of his followe [...]

    9. The Road to Jonestown- Jim Jones and Peoples Temple” is among the best comprehensive and authoritative books written covering the Jonestown massacre that claimed the lives of 918 people in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978. Author Jeff Guinn began his extensive research in 2014, and studied the fascinating story behind the grim and sensational media reports and headlines. There are thousands of documents and photographs contained in government archives on Jim Jones and the Peoples Tem [...]

    10. I am giving this book5 stars because of how it chose to handle its theme, with facts, well researched mentions and from all perspectives possible. The story of Jonestown is one we all think we know .but how did we got there was one man able to "dupe" thousands of people into killing them selves? . could this had been prevented? .who was Jim jones and what did he want ? .l of these questions are addressed by this author in this book and the narrative flows very smoothly times you forget this book [...]

    11. The good news is that Jeff Guinn tells us everything there is to know about Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.The bad news is that Jeff Guinn tells everything there is to know about Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. This reviewer was just out of high school when the media frenzy emerged around the mass suicide of hundreds of Americans living in a cult called The Peoples Temple, which was sequestered in the equatorial jungles in Guyana, South America. No one could understand it; why would so many [...]

    12. Utterly riveting. Well-written, journalistic-- not sensational. The author occasionally repeats some key facts, apparently not realizing that readers won't be able to put this down and therefore won't need reminding of facts we just read an hour or two ago!

    13. “Who wants to go with their child has a right . I think it’s humane.” - Jim JonesI 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 y [...]

    14. On Jones's instructions, Larry Schacht ordered one pound of sodium cyanide, enough for eighteen hundred lethal doses. It cost $8.85.I remember this from my youth but at the time I just chalked it up to another cult following their charismatic leader to a very gruesome end. Never really thought too much about it after that. This was an interesting look at Jones from his childhood through his early years as he tried to establish himself as a religious leader. Fairly early on his religious leanings [...]

    15. This review and others can be found at BW Book Reviews.3.5/5I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.My first brush with Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple was through a movie called The Sacrament, which is basically a fictional (and semi-paranormal) retelling of it. Tons of the reviews for it talked about Jim Jones so I researched on the internet and read up on the actual Peoples Temple. Their fate and the suicide and Jones' corruption. So, I had a rudimentary ide [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. You probably know the expression "don't drink the Kool-Aid." You may not know it was actually a cheap knock off called "flavor-aid" laced with cyanide that hundreds of people were forced to drink under threat of armed guards that fateful day in a South American jungle. Years ago I saw a short documentary on Jim Jones, but until reading this book I never knew the road to Jonestown was paved with good intentions. The Peoples Temple began with like minded people who wanted only to help the downtrod [...]

    18. Jonestown has been something of a curiosity to me most of my adult life. When they first started building in Guyana, my grandparents were Christian missionaries there, and one story about their time there was preaching to some people in Georgetown and someone saying, "Like the Messiah that is coming to Guyana to save everyone." This person was talking about Jim Jones, and it is odd to me that my mother was in the same place at the same time as the Peoples Temple, in their final days. Of course I [...]

    19. Jeff Guinn should be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant so that he can take on difficult or controversial people, research the heck out of them, and then write comprehensive,epic books like this one. I might not have read this book were it not for the good reviews here on and other sites. It is a long, sometimes difficult read. But a great one. I highly recommend.

    20. A+ on Research. D on Editing. Sweet Effing Christ, I can't EVEN. I just. no. An extremely thorough retelling of an old favorite, if you:re into megalomaniacal messiah types. And I sure am!You'll enjoy roughly 200 pages of this book.

    21. 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 peopl [...]

    22. The Road to Jonestown, written by Jeff Guinn, is an in depth, comprehensive look into the history of Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. I've always been fascinated (morbid as that is) with cults and specifically, with Jim Jones. Questions abound but Jeff Guinn did such an outstanding, thorough job of answering most of them. I can't say enough about how well this book is written.On November 18, 1978, over 900 people died as a result of mass suicide in the dense jungle of Guyana. Just how did one man g [...]

    23. Jeff Guinn's The Road to Jonestown offers an in-depth, marvelously chilling look at Jim Jones and his followers, whose mass suicide became a watchword for cultish insanity. Whereas many accounts of the Peoples Temple focus on the lurid details of cult life (Tim Reiterman's Raven comes to mind), Guinn spends much of the book trying to account for Jones' behavior. The book reads like a Greek tragedy, as Jones, product of a hardscrabble life in Indiana, starts as an idealist who mixes socialism wit [...]

    24. This was a thorough examination of the evolution of The Peoples Temple from its socialist ideals and Christian roots to a cult willing and able to commit the 1978 atrocity of mass suicide and murder of over 900 men, women, and children. It examines as much as can be known of Jim Jones, the Temple’s founder and ultimately deranged leader. It provides a study of several members, both survivors and deceased. From this, the author lays bare the mechanism by which a group of committed idealists and [...]

    25. Wow just wow.I figured that I would have to set this aside when the new Dan Brown book came today (I even rescheduled a doctor's appt. to be home to get me some new Robert Langdon!))So . I stayed up until 4am to finish it as it was so engrossing and fascinating. My reviews NEVER tell you what the story is about (the description at the top of the page does that!) BUT GO AND READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26. THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN By Jeff GuinnHaving read many of the available books about Jonestown throughout the years since it happened, I didn't think that there was a whole lot more to be said on the subject. But I also figured that since it's been a number of years since I've done the reading, that this book would be a great refresher on the topic. Well, it was that, but also a heck of a lot more. Guinn's book is a skilled, in-depth look at James Warren Jones, from his birth on May 13, 1931 and lon [...]

    27. A deep dive into Jim Jones's life, background, and formation of The Peoples Temple. At times maybe a bit too deep--the middle dragged on a bit--but even knowing how it ends in Jonestown, the last third had me on the edge as the tension built. I remember all the the news accounts at the time but I learned a lot more about Jones. The audiobook narration by George Newbern was good. So many people looking for a better life ended up in to deep. Sad and disturbing but overall a good read.

    28. I'm really excited to read this, I have a fascination with Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple.(DKY I haven't read this yet)

    29. So this is non-fiction of the sort I love. Dark, inspiring, hauntingd sadly true.This book was recommended to me by the lovely Mercedes (who I managed to beat reading it becuase I clearly have more time!) when she heard it was about a mass suicide and by a prominent author. I had previously heard of the Jonestown mass suicide, but no more than that it happened. I knew nothing of the lead up or the whys and hows, and this book is great for explaining how something that started out with such good [...]

    30. I may write a more detailed review later, but I can't right now. This was probably one of the most intense books I've ever read, and it took me a bit to get through it because it's so informative and heavy. This book covers a wide range of emotions - I felt sad, angry, confused, amused, concerned, etc.I thought I knew a decent amount of information about Jim Jones / Peoples Temple / Jonestown, and I did not haha. The Road to Jonestown messes with your head because it shows you the good and bad t [...]

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