How many of you remember this shit? I do.. And it was flavr-aide. And given mostly in syringes. Good freakin’ book, by the way, and there are many instances that I can see added to the panic and fright that lead the public to believe what happened in Waco was fact. If he would have just let John Victor Stoen go home…… he would have had a few more years of being a frightening mess. But… No… 907… RIP. So sad.
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 more 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.
Eloquently written edge of your seat engrossing reality of how Jim Jones came to power. Like the pull of Manson, he was able to convince a massive populace that his smoke and mirrors show was real. Political officials,government employees, the movement was attention grabbing. His plan was intoxicating, but the reality was far from it. When it fell apart, it happened quickly.
The fear that encompassed more than one generation with Manson and Jim Jones was the doom of Waco. He could have ensnared more… if he would have given up John Victor Stoen. And, of course, if his paranoia and drug addiction had not taken over, his reign may have been even more devastating.
And although , I cannot find any connection…. Mother Jones … Magazine…. Just sayin’.