Manson: The Life and Times 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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2013-08-06
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
An interesting read into the Manson Family. The guy was a sociopath, but really had the charisma.The book looks really long in electronic format, but don't be discouraged; the last 40% are footnotes and indexes.
4 Stars.Goodreads First Reads winner.Overall, this was a very well done book. I’m normally not a non-fiction reader, but really thought I might like this since I like reading about Serial Killers. The book was well researched, and had a huge notes section at the end of the book. The only chapters...
A fascinating, chilling portrait of the infamous opportunistic sociopath, and an insightful, revealing history of the culture and times in which he lived. Definitive and riveting.
First of all I would like to say a few words about the last few paragraphs in this book.For me Guinn manages to pinpoint Manson exactly right in those last few sentences. I actually nodded in agreement as I read them.The fact that the author managed to get Manson's family members, sorry his genetic ...