Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars Hardcover – 20 Aug 1998
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"A valuable book which gives additional insights into the criminal mind of Charles Manson." --Vincent Bugliosi, author of" Helter Skelter" "[George] strives to understand Manson and his devotees and, spewing psychological and spiritual insights and plenty of witchy Masonoid details, succeeds in horrifying his readers.' --"Booklist" "["Taming the Beast"] puts a human face on a man whose very name defines evil-revealing the personality hidden during television interviews." --"Almeda Journal" "The latest entry in the canon of a true madman...this volume...gives us an ugly, ugly look at a man whose entire life has been a study in sickness." --"Kirkus Reviews" "This anecdotal account...confirms that Manson remains without remorse, unstable, frightening, and unlikely to ever be paroled." --"Library Journal" "Manson continues his reign as America's leading celebrity carnivore." --"Phoenix Arizona Republic" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Edward George is a former theological student and Navy pilot who lives in San Francisco. Dary Matera is a veteran true-crime writer and coauthor of "Are You Lonesome Tonight? "He lives in Chandler, Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Otherwise, the book is good and really touches on some incidents with the Family rarely spoken about like the Stockton Murders aftermath, the attempted Kenneth Como jailbreaks, TJ Walleman's attempt at breaking Manson out and so on. It opens up a whole new world than we never really got to see in Manson's prison life and the book was really hard to put down.
My only problem is that the author continuously tries to paint Manson as this evil, continuously plotting evil maniac, when it's probably Manson is sitting in his cell in his own world. The author just tries to over-dramatize the situations, probably to make his book seem more interesting. That's not the aspect of the book that I liked, it was hearing the stories of Pin Cushion, and all of Manson's friends and enemies.
I hate to hear people compare this to Helter Skelter-- so many people hold Helter Skelter as the Bible of Manson when so many things in that book have since been proven incorrect either through bad sources, lies in testimonies or Bugliosi's own fabrications. Books like Taming The Beast is at least trying to see both sides of Manson, something Helter Skelter refused to do.