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A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres
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Jul 24, 12

really liked it
Read from July 18 to 24, 2012

i added this to my 'to read' list after reading the inside scientology book, which was so hardcore i wanted to read a bit about other cults. jonestown makes me understand why scientology is offended that they get called a cult! jonestown took it to another level -- ambushing and mowing down with shotguns the private planes carrying families attempting to leave the settlement, congressmen, and journalists. starvation, drugging and raping women, drugging skeptics in the camp so they would suffer "strokes" that jones amazingly predicted with his clairvoyant powers. i just can't even imagine. just shocking, the level of abuse and i'm sure the mindset of desperation of the victims of jonestown.

the author did well with such an expansive story -- so much of this is documented through notes, letters, videos and recordings left behind. i felt she skipped back and forth in time a bit and i wished i had bought this in hardcopy rather than listened on audiobook but it was a good read. a tad hard to get through for the weak of heart, i'm sure.

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