My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Takes a while to get going, but once it lays the foundations for Jones’ descent into paranoia and madness, the book barrels along at a compelling rate. Guinn’s research is extensive, and taken from multiple– often contradictory– viewpoints, which helps to paint a deep mosaic of the social and personal contexts surrounding Peoples Temple. It leaves the reader drained, and wondering just how far Jones would have gone had his peculiar brand of madness taken over. An excellent book.