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Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Guinn is formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a mostra'n més frequent guest on national radio and TV programs. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

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Obres de Jeff Guinn

The Autobiography of Santa Claus (2004) 653 exemplars
How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas (2005) 184 exemplars
The Great Santa Search (2006) 138 exemplars
The Christmas Chronicles (2008) 113 exemplars

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Altres noms
Guinn, Jeffrey Mason
Data de naixement
1951
Gènere
male
Nacionalitat
USA
Organitzacions
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Christian University

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Meticulously researched and very well-written. Also, infuriating. The ATF and later the FBI simply did a terrible job on handling this from the start. What's worse is that there were so many missed opportunities that could have resulted in a much much much better outcome if only the people in charge weren't so worried about politics and so blind to viewpoints that differed from their own. Complete hubris and incompetence.

One question that I had in the past was answered for me. After reading this book, I 100% believe that Koresh wasn't a con man, but that he believed everything that came out of his mouth. On the other hand, he was also a disgusting pervert who sexually abused young girls so there's that.… (més)
 
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AliceAnna | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Mar 3, 2024 |
For anyone who knows me, you know I am a true crime queen hell my best friend can tell you I yell at my books while I read them half the time. Some of the things that have transpired in the world we live and has been printed on paper is horrifying. That being said I wish to thank NetGalley Simon and Schuster for my advanced copy of. The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn. This book made me feel like I was back in college in one of my Psychology classes trying to figure out the mindset of a killer and I loved it. This book will stay with you long after you are done reading it and it is worth the time, it is very well researched and well put together that you get a crazy insight of Jim Jones but you get a good sense of the broken people that fallow him. I don’t say that lightly or with any disrespect it just saddens me to see that so many people fallowed such a crazy man to have a place to fit in and feel wanted. The author does a remarkable job of laying out the slow transformation of Jim Jones, from weird kid with a true devotion to social justice to the 47-year-old cult leader who murdered more than 900 of his followers. I don’t know how many ways I can praise this book other than to say it’s a must read for true crime lovers.… (més)
 
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b00kdarling87 | Hi ha 33 ressenyes més | Jan 7, 2024 |
Jeff Guinn is a terrific writer of nonfiction historical events and biographies. I thoroughly enjoyed his books on Jim Jones and on Bonnie & Clyde. But it was painfully apparent to me, early on in this book, that this talent doesn’t translate well to the telling of fictional stories. At least not fictional stories about Santa and Mrs. Claus. I tried to soldier on through this book, because I needed it for Square 3 of The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season (Book themes for St. Martin’s Day: Read a story dealing with an act of selfless generosity (like St. Martin sharing his cloak with a beggar)), but I just can’t keep punching myself in the head like this. I had to stop. I can’t even work up the energy to detail the many ways in which this book continually failed me. Just take my word for it: Read the hell out of Mr. Guinn’s nonfiction books – I’m eyeballing the one on Charles Manson right now – but don’t spend your time or energy on this set of “fanciful” Christmas stories.

DNF. I gave it 2 stars only because I was able to make through 41% of the book (that’s 4 ½ hours of listening!) before giving up.

Audiobook, purchased via Audible. Susan Denaker’s smarmy & self-righteous tone certainly seemed to suit the character as written, but damn.
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Doodlebug34 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 1, 2024 |
I read another copy of this several years ago and loved it---and I enjoyed it again this time around, all the more. This year, our family has begun attending a Torah Pursuant fellowship and most of the people don't celebrate Christmas. God hasn't really shown us clearly that we should do anything much differently than we normally do at Christmas so we are going ahead with our normal. However, it has been a bit of a bummer not to be able to have much community with friends --- (between that and Covid keeping the Christmas-practicing churches from doing much in the way of celebrating). It was fun to read this part history, part fantasy of the original St. Nicholas through to the current figure of Santa Claus. I loved how the book had so many fun nods to history and historical figures who had something significant happen (usually their deaths, honestly, but used in a way that brought a happy ending) on one of the traditional Christmas gifting days. I also really loved how the author continuously pointed back to the fact that Christmas was originally, and still usually is, dedicated to the celebration of the coming of Christ. I don't think I could have enjoyed this had that not been the central theme and I just appreciate the respect of this author, whether or not he is actually a believer.… (més)
 
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classyhomemaker | Hi ha 27 ressenyes més | Dec 11, 2023 |

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