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4.0 out of 5 stars Great - but a publishers rushed job?, 12 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Charles Manson: Coming Down Fast: A Chilling Biography (Paperback)
I suspect this book was rushed out by the publisher before it was finally proofed in order to meet the 40th Anniversary deadline & if I were the author I'd feel miffed.

Firstly, let me say it is, on the whole, an excellent & objective look at a series of incidents that have become fraught with media enhanced myth, embellishment and sensationalism, often leading to a clouding of facts. This book appears well researched, the crimes being put into cultural and political context in an accessible and highly readable manner. The author evidently knows his stuff. I can't recommend it enough for anyone interested in the breakdown of the 1960's and American society at the end of that decade.

However, the book is chock full of what appear to be ridiculous typos and mis-spellings leading to some bizarre errors (just for example: 10050 Cielo Drive where the Tate murders took place becomes 10055 a sentence later; or the Neil Young song 'Revolution Blues' is quoted as being written since 2000 when it was in fact written in the early 70's as a direct response to the horrific events, and Young's own 'meeting' with the Family in the late 60s). The list of typos is endless. But most annoyingly the book begins with a series of numbered notes in the text referring to sources, quotes etc but these notes appear nowhere in the book and in fact the numbers then peter out half way through. A book like this needs the direct sources (as well as the references, bibliography given) otherwise how are we to believe evidence? Especially as the latter section of the book refers to crimes the Family may have commited beyond those they were convicted for. The publisher needs to hire a better proof-reader! It just seems shoddy.

If you can get over the occassional confusion due to these errors, it is a good book for anyone interested in what remains a disturbing episode in US history and the sad, final marker post for what had once been optimistic times.
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