Awake in a Nightmare-Jonestown: The Only Eyewitness Account

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Book review of 'Awake in a Nightmare-Jonestown: The Only Eyewitness Account' by Ethan Feinsod. This book details the lives of two very different members of the Peoples Temple, and how they became involved with Jim Jones and his cult.

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Readings in History: 1970s AmericaRocio HinojosaDr. Brad Duren4/23/2008Feinsod, Ethan. Awake In A Nightmare-Jonestown: The Only Eyewitness Account. New York, W. W. Norton & Company, 1981.Circumstances cause people to do desperate things. Some may join the cause and embrace it right away, but others wait and see. The Peoples Temple was a beacon for those who were down on their luck, those looking for acceptance, and those who just needed something to believe in. Some Temple members felt like they had been dealt a bad hand and wanted a fresh start somewhere that would not reject them. Some just had nothing and were going no where with their lives and needed something to give them purpose. And yet, some had good prospects and backgrounds but were dissatisfied with the society around them. This book, Awake In A Nightmare-Jonestown: The Only Eyewitness Account, details the lives of two very different members of the Peoples Temple, and how they became involved with Jim Jones and his cult.People who needed a purpose flocked to Jim Jones, some were recruited and some were went to the church service and just kept going until they were a big part of the group themselves. Elmer and Deanna Mertle were some such people. Elmer Mertle was a college graduate who had held a string of white-collar jobs. Deanna had only attended college for a year and her employment consisted of secretarial jobs here and there. They were both lonely people who had a hard time ma

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