Jim Jones and the People’s Temple

By Jeff Guinn

We all know the story of Jonestown- but how did it get to that point? That’s the story that Jeff Guinn (author of the fantastic biography Manson) is interested in.  Rather than luridly focusing on the details of a tragedy, Guinn wants to know how people could be convinced to kill and die for a man and his church.

Using documents, speeches, statements, and firsthand accounts, Guinn gives us an encompassing biography of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, charting the downfall of both. The result is chilling, mainly because we will never know Jim Jones’s true intentions. Was he sincere, paranoid, or cynically trying to profit off of those looking for something? The answer, as Guinn posits, is likely somewhere in between.

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