Over thirty-five years after the tragic culmination of events that resulted in over 900 people taking their lives or being killed in the Guyana jungle compound that was Jonestown, Jeff Guinn has written The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple (Simon & Schuster), a thorough, comprehensive account of the decades that led to what happened, from modest beginnings as a minister in Indianapolis to Jim Jones as charismatic preacher and leader of a racially-mixed church in San Francisco. And then Guyana.
"Magisterial. . . . Guinn's exhaustive research, shrewd analysis, and engaging prose illuminate a monstrous yet tragic figure--and the motives of those who lost their souls to him." – Publishers Weekly.
“I have to say that it is weird to find out the background of things that I grew up hearing about around the dinner table. The level of research and detail in The Road to Jonestown is the best ever, and really lets readers understand not only what happened, but how and why. This book tells the Jim Jones story better than anything I have read to date.” – Jim Jones, Jr.