Manson

Manson

The Life and Times of Charles Manson

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Baker & Taylor
An account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the 1960s, revealing a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.

Baker
& Taylor

Based on new interviews, this revealing account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the 60s, revealing a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.

Simon and Schuster
Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs, this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson.

The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today.

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 on the property where the murders occurred was spared.

Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, 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, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights.

In addition to stunning revelations about Charles Manson, the book contains family photographs never before published.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451645163
1451645163
Branch Call Number: B MANSON 2013
Characteristics: 495 pages : illustrations, 24 cm

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chrisbee55
Nov 11, 2017

OMG - I really tried to finish reading this book, I did but I had to put it down before I finished it and I started to read Helter Skelter instead. Lots of interesting facts but the author keeps jumping from topic to topic in just mere paragraphs. Very hard to follow. I am sorry that I picked up this book in the first place.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 18, 2017

*Note* - (The following is a typical, WTF!?, Charles Manson quote) - "I am not a bad person. I am a good person."....... (Oh!? Really!? - Tell us all about it, Chuckie!)

Keeping the totally self-deluded Charles Manson quote above firmly in mind - I ask you - Can you seriously picture one of America;s most notorious and despicable criminals of all (aka. Charles Maddox) as a young, fresh-faced whippersnapper of just 16 who was bound and determined to become a rock star? I can't.

In this well-researched, true-crime bio - Author Jeff Guinn offers the curious reader a real eye-opening and in-depth look at the likes of Charles Manson (now 84) who (though he stands at only 158 cm.) ranks right up there as being one of the biggest-little turds of all time.

This book also contains a 16-page photo gallery.

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chilcoat
Sep 09, 2015

When I told people I was reading this book, they almost universally said, "I could never read that!" Don't worry, this is low on gore and high on psychology. A great psychiatric profile of a fascinating madman.

Cynthia_N Feb 10, 2014

Very informative book! The author really delves into the whole mindset of the decade and sets up how Manson was able to successfully manipulate his followers. It is not a fast read because there is quite a bit of information to digest but very worth the time.

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AmyEighttrack
Jan 06, 2014

Hmmm... Some very interesting background to this story, all-around - including the Hollywood/music nexus of L.A. at the time. It was hard to keep track of all the characters... But I would think of this book as perhaps the definitive treatise on the subject, seen from the distance and perspective of time; with a certain amount of real understanding of the forces at work that went into these notorious tragedies. A compelling analysis of sociopathy.

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christineinseattle
Oct 22, 2013

Although I read, enjoyed, and returned this book to the library weeks ago, I find it is still rolling around in my mind so much that I am compelled to post this comment. I read lots of biographies and this is one of the best from recent years. The book is especially relevant for anyone old enough to remember the idealistic social atmosphere of the late 1960s and the dark underside of it that the Manson Family killings exposed. Even if you are not old enough to remember, I strongly recommend that you read this book anyway because the author does such a good job of evoking early and middle 20th century times and values. Many details of Manson's formative years are revealed to provide an insightful understanding of his later crimes. I read Helter Skelter when it came out decades ago and this Manson biography goes much farther to enable readers to understand how and why Charlie operated the way he did. The author's conclusion is especially powerful when he points out that today's audiences rarely remember the names of the killers in Columbine, Colorado, or Virginia Tech, or Newtown, Connecticut, but Manson's name has resonated in American culture for over 44 years.

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claireswazey
Sep 30, 2013

Excellent book. While it does contain information that can be found in Helter Skelter and other books about Manson, it had more details. The author performed a great deal of research. This book confirmed my feeling about Manson, that his pimp history (and his views about people that led him to pimping) played a key role in his commune and how he interacted with people later. While I don't buy the argument that he always said he'd play crazy when arrested (because it's obvious to me that he IS batf**k crazy), still, I think the thing with him is that he viewed people as resources to be used. I would guess that he was a confused, sad little sociopath since he was very young.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"In 1967, several well-known Hollywood figures were murdered in two separate home invasions. The leader of the group of killers was a charismatic sociopath named Charles Manson; he called his followers his "Family." The Manson Family, especially their leader, became world-famous not only for their gruesome crimes but for their cult-like lifestyle. Biographer Jeff Guinn details Manson's youth, largely spent in jails and reform schools, his craving for a music career, and his ability to manipulate others." September 2013 Biography and Memoir http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678915

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