In 1978, a tragedy occurred in the Guyanese jungle in South America: 918 American citizens allegedly took their own lives and Congressman Leo J. Ryan became the first U.S. Congressman killed in the line of duty.
The life and death of Jim Jones and his followers in Jonestown still mystifies people to this day. "Drinking the Kool-Aid" became a famous metaphor for holding an unquestioned belief without critical examination. But was there a far more sinister play at hand than the official story revealed?
This audiobook is a complete history of Jim Jones and People's Temple, with further analysis on what might have been the real cause of this tragedy. In the words of Oliver Stone, in regard to historical events, "What really happened is always subject to examination."
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In SERIOUS need of an overhaul
I have always been fascinated by Jonestown. What would cause people to give up their lives, minds and bodies to this man? At first, I thought this book was well-rounded and informative, but the narration was flat, with mispronounced words (possibly due to misspellings in the printed text?) and graphic sexual scenes that seemed to be only there for shock value.
I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" and plan on reading "Seductive Poison", which I hope will bring humanity to this tragedy.
It actually did. But 12 hours of slogging through this text just didn't do it for me, especially with this flat (not monotone, just flat) performance.
A lot of what and not much why.