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  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (6 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451645163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451645163
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Guinn, bestselling author of the three books in 'The Christmas Chronicles,' is an award-winning journalist and writer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harry Boxx on 22 Sept. 2013
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"The One".

In spite of Charles Manson's infamy, or maybe because of, there have only ever been two books of any merit about him before: Ed Sanders rather patchy "The Family" which at least invokes something of that late sixties era, and Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter". The latter certainly has merit, reading like a fast paced courtroom drama as the state prosecutor presents his fantastical sounding case for locking Manson way. I'm glad he did, but much of the story was totally lost along the way.

Jeff Guinn's "Life and Times of Charles Manson" may not read quite like the helter skelter ride one might expect from such a heady (and sickening) brew of cult indoctrination, sex, drugs, rock n roll, and violence, but it does fill in a LOT of details not given in the aforementioned titles, AND puts them in a clear chronological sequence. The result is a deeper comprehension (there can be no understanding) of the Rise and Fall of the Manson Family than we've had in the past.

Of central importance is Manson's musical ambition, something which has been sidetracked in the past because Bugliosi had to focus on (and somewhat exaggerate?) The so called Helter Skelter plan to invoke race riots. Now we can read for the first time exactly how many recording sessions / auditions, "Charlie" went through and who for, and see how his failures therein were such a turning point in his psychopathic behaviour regarding his increasingly desperate attempts to control his following. And how the communal atmosphere at Spahn and Barker ranches were so dramatically different as a result.

Also, in relation to this, we see how the location choices for the terrible murders were certainly not random.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2013
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"The Life and Times of Charles Manson" written by Jeff Guinn is a book about one of the most notorious killer, Charles Manson, who managed to not only avoid being punished by the death penalty for his crime but still today has his loyal fans and people who believe in his innocence. Jeff Guinn is author of several books about famous people (Doc Holliday and Earp brothers, Bonnie and Clyde...) and events / crimes in which they were involved in a way that provides more light, based on exhaustive research.

In this book he gave an excellent portrait of famous killer and sociopath Charles Manson, from his birth, childhood, the crimes he committed and encouraged, his prison days to the present day. He was born in Ohio in 1934 by his mother Kathleen and by the time he was thirty years old he had spent more than half of his life in in different institutions, from reform schools to the prison. When the authorities releases him in San Francisco, using his newly learned musical knowledge and unquestionable charisma he gathered around him a group of people. He invented his own philosophy, a combination of his own religion and rock'n roll, free love and drugs which attracted some youth who were who were naive enough to believe him. That was a start of his family which he called "The Manson Family" and it will soon become known all over the world.

They moved to Los Angeles in the hope that this would help him in his musical career but soon they were involved in lot of violent incidents that resulted in several murders - Gary Hinman, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca and pregnant Sharon Tate. Manson had vision of an impending apocalypse, the war between the black and white race when murders of whites by blacks would be met with retaliation and all this chaos would be started by his Family's album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs A P Vale on 22 Aug. 2013
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This book isn't just about Manson, it charts the fall from love & peace to violence & paranoia in California during the late sixties. It describes how the first peace loving hippies flocked to Americas Sunny Californian coast to live in harmony only to attract an increasing number of confused & disillusioned teenagers looking for a something to believe in, who fuelled with drugs, willingly followed Mansons & others like him. It is a history of American racial tensions, the celebrity culture, drug culture and Nixon's political challenges during a very volatile 3 years.
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I found this book absolutely engrossing. All I really knew of Manson was that he was a cult leader, and was involved in Roman Polanski's wife's murder. This book certainly filled in all of the gaps, and I found it incredible- how easily gullible people can be manipulated by someone like Manson- and he managed it across various sections of society- from Wilson of the Beach Boys, to teenage girls, cast adrift by their families. What is also incredible is how even after his capture, his 'followers' were prepared to embark upon the most serious of crimes (I won't say what it was so as not to spoil the story if you do not know), and even self mutilation to raise awareness of their leader 'Charlie'. Very scary indeed. Not so surprising to see that various members of the family later turned to religion- it seems these individuals just have to have someone or something to follow and direct them in what they need to do in life. I think Manson's real skill, if you can call it that, was identifying this gullible and flawed type of person in the first place. You do have some sympathy for some members of the 'Family' by the end of the book- albeit there is a couple who are absolute psychopaths- what would be an interesting read is whether some of these people, like 'Squeaky' would have been law abiding members of society had that not met Manson.
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