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5.0 out of 5 stars A personal account more than 30 years in the making, August 4, 2011
By C. K. G. – This review is from: Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look (Paperback)
I have studied Jonestown and Peoples Temple extensively and there are very few accounts that can be found to synchronize with the official record and also add the missing human touch to the tragedy. Laura Kohl’s book has just such touch. The vast majority of the books on the subject, or at least those written from a first person perspective, were written within weeks or months of the tragedy. Some, like Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor’s Story of Life and Death in the People’s Temple, were written decades later, but what makes this book stand out and unlike the previous books is that Jim Jones is not a central figure in the story. The focus is the people who were a part of the Temple. Laura’s account, although very personal, is also rather revealing. It’s not a story of mass-murder nor is it a torrid account of the abuse reported in Peoples Temple. It is, for lack of a better word, an apologetic account. It is an account from someone that truly believed in the message of social equality, a message that resonated with many early members who joined Jones’ congregation in the turbulent waning years of the 1960s; however, this does not minimize the book’s content or worth. Laura Kohl’s account provides a valuable insight into the daily workings of Peoples Temple by someone who did not have a high position within the organization–something missing from the historical record. Laura has presented a mature look back at Peoples Temple without presenting a defense for the actions of Jim Jones. Her account is hers and hers alone. Where some details may have been lost over the decades that it took to write this book, there are new elements that provide an alternate view of Peoples Temple. We may forget that Jim Jones started as social visionary only because the end of his experiment eclipses our memories, yet Laura’s book brings back the memories of those who were a part of that experiment. Her book reminds us that the people who died in Guyana were friends, family and loved ones. I had the sense that it was cathartic “goodbye” to friends lost lest we forget that those lost in jungle were people just like us. Laura’s book serves the memory of her friends well. I think they would be proud of her. It is a welcome addition to literature on Peoples Temple.