Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 5, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 495 pages
The New York Times bestselling, authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson, filled with surprising new information and previously unpublished photographs: “A riveting, almost Dickensian narrative…four stars” (People).

More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person near the scene of the crime was spared.

Manson puts the killer in the context of the turbulent late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences.

Guinn’s book is a “tour de force of a biography…Manson stands as a definitive work: important for students of criminology, human behavior, popular culture, music, psychopathology, and sociopathology…and compulsively readable” (Ann Rule, The New York Times Book Review).
 

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User Review  - amcheri - LibraryThing

Very good and informative. I worried that this long book would be dry and boring but it was nothing of the sort. Mostly focused on Manson but the reader gets to know all of the main participants in ... Read full review

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User Review  - JReynolds1959 - LibraryThing

Charles Manson was one of the biggest manipulators of people that probably ever lived. I would certainly put him on a scale with Jim Jones. And this behavior started when he was very young, about the ... Read full review

Contents

Nancy and Kathleen
9
Moundsville and McMechen
23
Kathleen and Charlie
33
McMechen Again
47
Prison
57
Berkeley and the Haight
77
Charlie in the Summer of Love
94
A
113
Thwarted Dreams
220
Tate
241
LaBianca and Shea
260
Death Valley
285
Unraveling
308
Charlie Is Famous
333
The Trial
357
The Wrong Man in the Right Place at the RightTime
385

Charlie and Dennis
148
The Ranches
172
The Bible and the Beatles
194
Acknowledgments
401
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About the author (2014)

Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together, The Last Gunfight, Manson, The Road to Jonestown, and War on the Border. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

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