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Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple
     

Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple

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by Rebecca Moore
 

Most people understand Peoples Temple through its violent end in Jonestown, Guyana in 1978, where more than 900 Americans committed murder and suicide in a jungle commune. Media coverage of the event sensationalized the group and obscured the background of those who died. The view that emerged thirty years ago continues to dominate understanding of Jonestown today,

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Understanding Jonestown and Peoples Temple 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Mackrooster More than 1 year ago
I have been doing reasurch on Jonestown for over a year and found this to be useful. Also a great book to read if you are looking for a non-fiction read.
Sisophous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and have already read several other books on The Peoples Temple, including the most comprehensive book, RAVEN, also SEDUCTIVE POISON, A THOUSAND LIVES and DEAR PEOPLE:REMEMBERING JONESTOWN. The author, Rebecca Moore gives the most up to date account of Jonestown (2009) with many references for further readings while the other books are very dated. One thing to note, the title of this book has the words "understanding Jonestown" but it could have instead been titled, "An Empathetic account of The Peoples Temple". Rebecca Moore at times tries to justify why this ended in tragedy. She takes backhanded stabs at White People, The Media, authors of other books, Capitalism, Racism, the US government, various government agencies and yet gives everyone in Jonestown a pass. They did this because others are too blame..... On page 101, Rebecca Moore wrote, "They perished rather than abandon their commitment. For them the choice was clear: they chose death over betrayal, and loyalty over survival". Too bad Rebecca Moore fails to mention, that 304 children were murdered, they did not commit suicide. I suppose murder is justified if you are Rebecca Moore. If you can tolerate many of her social justice excuses, it is still a worthwhile book to read. Note, other than the cover, there are no photos inside this book.
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