Blogcritics reviews Stories from Jonestown
After nearly 35 years, it feels as if the horrible tale of the Jonestown tragedy has been told from every perspective. As new book Stories from Jonestown shows us though, there are some voices that have remained unheard through all of this time. Through a series of interviews with survivors, author Leigh Fondakowski presents a compelling account of life with Jim Jones in Guyana. Along the way, she illuminates the numerous falsehoods which have been accepted as fact over the years as well.
Stories from Jonestown sets the record straight on much of this, but there is more to the book than just getting the facts right. For the many people who were members of the People’s Temple in November 1978, but not present at the compound at the time, the legacy of Jonestown is one they will never leave behind. For many of them, this is the first time their stories have been told.