shiva naipaul managed to get into guyana and jonestown ,not long after the mass suicide.his insights into the country,and all he discovered,are amazing.
From the Hartford Advocate: As a writer, Shiva was the equal of his Nobel Prize-winning older brother, V.S. In this riveting book, Shiva probes the Jim Jones "Guyana tragedy," sparing no one, widening the target to include California consciousness-raising. He does it with a withering humor that is just this side of suppressed rage.
This book is on the surface about the Jonestown massacre of 1978 in Guyana. But it is about much more than that. Naipaul brings a brilliant mix of on the ground journalism and insightful analysis to examine this tragedy and how it came about. From looking at the history of Guyana and its mix of socialist rhetoric and Third World corruption. To the eclectic mix of movements in California, from left wing radicals to zany new age to zealous fundamentalism, which Jim Jones swam in and steered through. Interviews with people from Huey Newton to Clark Kerr, to former survivors, detractors, government officials in Guyana, and many more, there is no book like this.