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Manson in His Own Words [Kindle Edition]

Nuel Emmons
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We have called him a devil and quarantined him behind such labels as "the most dangerous man alive." But Charles Manson remains a shocking reminder of our own humanity gone awry. This astonishing book lays bare the life and the mind of a man whose acts have left us horrified. His story provides an enormous amount of new information about his life and how it led to the Tate-LaBianca murders, and reminds us of the complexity of the human condition. Born in the middle of the Depression to an unmarried fifteen-year-old, Manson lived through a bewildering succession of changing homes and substitute parents, until his mother finally asked the state authorities to assume his care when he was twelve. Regimented and often brutalized in juvenile homes, Manson became immersed in a life of petty theft, pimping, jail terms, and court appearances that culminated in seven years of prison. Released in 1967, he suddenly found himself in the world of hippies and flower children, a world that not only accepted him, but even glorified his anti-establishment values. It was a combination that led, for reasons only Charles Manson can fully explain, to tragedy. Manson's story, distilled from seven years of interviews and examinations of his correspondence, provides sobering insight into the making of a criminal mind, and a fascinating picture of the last years of the sixties. No one who wants to understand that time, and the man who helped to bring it to a horrifying conclusion, can miss reading this book.

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"Compulsively readable... Manson can't ever succeed in being paroled out of that cell, not as long as people with any sense at all can read this book" --William S. Burroughs

"Gives us a portrait close to the truth" --New York Times Book Review

"The book finally diminishes the Manson mystique. For that, credit goes to co-author Nuel Emmons, [who] gives Manson room to reveal himself without voodoo hype. The result is an explanation of Manson's crimes that, for the first time, feels convincing." --San Francisco Bay Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Grove Press. Ed edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I6DD56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #276,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.8 out of 5 stars
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mansons own words??? 20 Jun. 2005
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This book claims it is Charles Mansons real story although the author also says that the final decision about was included was his not Mansons.However it does in greater depth what the other books do not.It looks at his early formative years and how Mansons personality developed.There are many people out there some of them ex "family" mambers, who still support the idea that he was a charismatic leader and innocent of all charges. This book shows clearly that he was not only involved in planning the murders but that he actively killed several people himself thus dispelling the myth of the martyr once and for all. It is also another signpost for society, who will once again ignore it, that if you brutilise children and sanction institutionalised abuse then sooner or later they will come back to haunt you.If you have read the more sensationalised accounts of the murders this book is a more balanced account although leaving the murders to the last section and possibly minimising them somewhat. The most telling sentence for me and one to send a chill up all your spines is where Manson says," I can't clear anything up on Shea without being a snitch but I will say......someplace out there in that society he (the DA) protects so well, he has left several killers to prowl the streets.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This book began with the childhood of Manson and the numerous institutions he's been in and out of throughout his life. It eliminates hype and sheds light on the truth of the madman behind the mask and gives a personal account of how experiences led him in and out of institutions for the duration of his life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grammar 27 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I only chose four instead of five stars because there are a quite a lot of grammar errors throughout the ebook. Fantastic otherwise
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