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A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at… (utgåvan 2011)

av Julia Scheeres (Författare)

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What started as a Utopian dream soon devolved into a terrifying work camp run by a madman, ending in the mass murder-suicide of 914 members in November 1978.
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Titel:A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
Författare:Julia Scheeres (Författare)
Info:Free Press (2011), 320 pages
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A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown av Julia Scheeres

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An engrossing read that got more in depth than anything I've seen previously (which, admittedly, isn't all that much). I did have some slight confusion here and there due to timeline backtracks that made it a little difficult for me to remember exactly what else was supposed to be going on at the same time. Also, I kept forgetting who was who. Part of that, I'm sure, is my general difficulty with names but some of it was because a person would be introduced and then only mentioned by first name, even after a significant number of pages without a mention. It took me only a week to read this book because I found it so interesting but if I had trouble with the (in)frequent mentions of people we were supposed to know, I can only imagine my feeling of loss if I had read this on a slower timetable. (I'm still a bit confused as to who was who in Jones's inner circle but oh well!) ( )
  Aug3Zimm | Nov 13, 2019 |
Wow, what a heartbreaking story. I have read articles and watched documentaries about Jonestown, but for some reason this book really brought the tragedy to the forefront of the mind. I don't understand how this type mind control happens but was truly fascinating reading about it. Scheeres had a hit with Jesus Land and this one follows in those footsteps. Very well researched and written. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Jan 5, 2018 |
I heard about this book in an article calling people out for using the phrase "drinking the Kool-aid" without knowing the full story of its origins. The article must have been convincing because I put this book on my to-read list and it ended up being a part of my Fenner fundraiser shopping spree.

This book broke my heart in a thousand ways. It made me angry. It made me despair. It made me swear threats and epithets as I slammed the book down on the table, as if my bargaining could still somehow influence the outcome of events. To the point where for a while my husband avoided me while I was reading, because if I talked about it, he would get too angry.

Well written, sympathetic characters (not including Jim Jones, of course, whose head you never get into). My only complaint about the book is that I wish it were footnoted, and not just endnoted. This book was incredibly well researched, and when I got to the end and saw the notes I finally realized to what extent. But while I was reading, I kept wondering, "How does she know that?" It probably should have occurred to me to check for endnotes, but it didn't, and I would have appreciated footnotes, okay? ( )
  greeniezona | Dec 6, 2017 |
The untold story of hope, deception, and survival at Jonestown
  jhawn | Aug 1, 2017 |
Well worth reading, whether you remember the event or not. The author makes an excellent effort to be respectful to the people who died at Jonestown, while exposing the most gruesome and unbelievable facts about the events and what led up to them. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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