Year 6, Book 83

83. A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown

I actually didn’t really know that much about Jim Jones and the whole Jonestown mass suicide other than that it happened and of course the whole don’t drink the Kool-Aid thing. I found this to be a really interesting and informative read. After reading the book I can totally see how people were drawn in by Jones and his movement to begin with. At the beginning before it all went off the rails it seemed to be a really great movement focused on social justice and racial equality that was really progressive for the time. Jones however appears to have developed mental illness issues as well as a drug problem that led him deep into paranoia that altered everything forever. Some people apparently never stopped believing in him, but once many people realized how wrong everything had gone they were in too deep with no way out and afraid for their lives and the lives of their families. If you’re interested in learning more about Jones movement and what really happened at Jonestown I recommend this book. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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