Manson

Manson

The Life and Times of Charles Manson

Book - 2013
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After more than forty years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer.
Publisher: Detroit, Michigan :, Thorndike Press,, 2013
ISBN: 9781410461582
1410461580
Branch Call Number: LP 364.1523 MAN NVD
Characteristics: 855 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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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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