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Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars Hardcover – 20 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (20 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312180853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312180850
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
If you read, helter skelter, and thought it was a 5 star book, (or even less) then this is a must!!!!! I fully enjoyed it and it gave a better look into the brain of Charels Manson, then helter skelter did. So not to reveal to much all i can say is: Buy the book and start reading, it's awsome!!!!! Ps:Will give you the creeps now and again, as you read about the insanity of Charles Manosn.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e55e630) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99366e40) out of 5 stars An excellent book 27 Feb. 2000
By Mark Charles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has ever wondered what life is really like for one of America's most infamous criminals, Charles Manson, I would suggest you pick up a copy of this fascinating book. This booknot only presents to the reader a very thorough look into Manson's life behind bars, but it also shines a bright light on what life is like at some of America's most dangerous penal institutions. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. You won't regret that you did!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99baf57c) out of 5 stars Continues where Helter Skelter left off 25 Aug. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read Helter Skelter decades ago and watched the gripping television mini-series and was fascinated by both. Since then, no other Manson book has compared until this one. Taming The Beast takes off right where Helter Skelter ended without missing a beat and shows us what Manson has been doing since. Despite being in prison, his family remains alive after all these years and both he and they are just as frightening as ever. Great book!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99362114) out of 5 stars The author of this mook seems more obsessed and crazy than Manson. 7 Oct. 2010
By J. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really liked this book, but it was very scattered going from one thing to another and breaking pace a bit. The author talked a lot about his home life and even went as far as blaming his attack on his daughter on Manson's influence. The author obviously had his own mental issues, most he blamed on Manson. One time he was super paranoid that Manson was going to escape and go to his house to convert his daughter against him. He went as far as writing a few paragraphs on his fear. This sounds like author Edward George was a very paranoid and irrational man-- one who would not take responsibility on attacking his daughter, rather he said that it was Manson in his subconscious.

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.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x993621c8) out of 5 stars Excellent book with keen insight into the mind of a lunatic 14 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was awesome. George had daily contact with Manson and you can feel the fear and mesmerizing power of Manson through the pages of the book. He details everyday conversations he had with Manson through an exciting writing style which wouldn't allow me to put the book down. I finished the book in less than three days.jaydub.
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99362144) out of 5 stars Taming the Beast 7 May 2005
By Cwn_Annwn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Written by a guy who was Charles Mansons prison counselor for eight years. This is of interest because it gives some insite into Mansons life since he has been in prison. Also included are transcripts of Mansons commentary during his various court and parole hearings over the years. This book is not perfect, the author at various times bends over backwards to paint Manson as being "spookier" than he really is, at one point implying that the reason for a near drowning accident and being attacked by an inmate were the result of a "voodoo doll" curse put on him by Manson! But flaws aside this is a very interesting look at Mansons life in the California prison system and contains the previously mentioned court/parole transcripts so it is a must read if you have an interest in Charles Manson.
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