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Charles Manson Now Paperback – November 30, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-2923865065 ISBN-10: 2923865065 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cogito Media Group (Transit); 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2923865065
  • ISBN-13: 978-2923865065
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Marlin's soulful search for meaning takes many twists and turns and the reader gets to go along for the fascinating ride. (Diane Dimond, Journalist, Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight)

The psychology student in me says 'riveting', the victim in me feels 'compassion'. Marynick, a victim himself of a horrific tragedy, takes grieving to a whole new level; he went on a journey into the sickest mind we know of and found solace.
(Kim Goldman, Victim Advocate/Co-Author of If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family--a New York Times Bestseller

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“Marlin’s soulful search for meaning takes many twists and turns and the reader gets to go along for the fascinating ride.”—Diane Dimond, Journalist, Special Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight

“The psychology student in me says ‘riveting’, the victim in me feels ‘compassion’. Marynick, a victim himself of a horrific tragedy, takes grieving to a whole new level; he went on a journey into the sickest mind we know of and found solace.”—Kim Goldman, Victim Advocate/Co-Author of If  I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family - a New York Times Bestseller

Customer Reviews

It is a must read for all fans of true crime novels!
Robert Pytlyk
I got half way through the book and could not finish it.
Johnny B
This book will give you more than your money's worth.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pytlyk on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Just received my copy of Charles Manson Now. It is not what you would expect, i thought it was going to be an update on Manson's parole status and his experiences in prison, but it's so much more. This book explores the relationship between the author and Manson himself, and is truly a unique one. As the author, Marynick, travels to visit Manson, he meets an eclectic group of people whom are all connected to Manson in some way; fellow inmates, collectors, archivists, former family members, musicians and ATWA members. These characters help give the book some depth and understanding to the impact Manson has had on the American culture. It is a must read for all fans of true crime novels!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Book Guy on December 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Charles Manson Now is not what you may think it is. The author takes you on the journey of his life. Marynick decides to venture out of his home in Canada to meet the most notorious person known in the US, and possibly around the world. This is not the same Manson story that has been told time and time again. Marynick suffered a horrible childhood tragedy (like Manson) and hoped to learn why one person's suffering may lead them down a path of destruction and evil, while another's may take them on a completely opposite path. This book is a great psychological mind bender that also offers a glimpse into one of the most disturbing minds in recent American history.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on December 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an honest account of the author's (Marlin Marynick) experience of becoming aquainted with the real person behind the most famous name in the world, Charles Manson. I would recomend this book to anyone who is even remotely interested in Charles Manson. It gives an insight that all the other books "about" Manson do not. Most of the other books are just a re-hash of the same old STORY that was put forth by the prosecutor district attorney and the media 40 years ago. The average reader will be interested to learn what new-to-the-public information Marynick finds conserning this topic. 'Manson Now' takes the reader into Manson's life in prison, with personal accounts from his fellow inmates, and interviews with his closest friends on the outside. It also includes, after each chapter, exclusive words from Manson himself, transcribed directly from phone recordings, with no editing or manipulation. As books go, this is a first. In the middle of the book, you will find 26 color photos, including recent pictures of Manson, some of his art, and pictures of some of the people who are included in the book.
Overall, a tremendous step forward in giving the world the Truth about Charles Manson.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The End on January 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you think that Manson is an American folk hero, that his quotes are pearls of wisdom, that he's a misunderstood soul framed because he was a member of the counterculture, this book is for you. If you think that Manson's a true artist because of his scribbles and little animals made out of sock threads, this book is for you. If you're hoping that Manson will answer some hard questions about the Family and the murders, this is not it. Psychopaths rarely take responsibility for their crimes. Psychopaths are frequently charming, and the author of this book was definitely charmed.

Marynick's personal interest in Manson grew because they had similar horrible upbringings. Actually, I always felt that Manson had a hellish childhood, and I felt horrible for him having that kind of childhood. However, many, many people have horrible childhoods, and most of them don't grow up to believe that they are God, Christ and Satan or direct people to murder for him.

There are many inaccuracies in this book. Susan Atkins' involvement with Bobby Beusoleil (sp?) BEFORE she met Manson? She was, I believe, the fourth member of Manson's Family, about a year before Beausoleil joined. Catherine Share and Leslie VH, not Atkins, were brought to the Family by Beusoleil.

Manson and another inteviewee also said that Manson wasn't the 'father' of the Family, contrary to what 15 or more Family members have said. Manson also said that there was no 'brainwashing'. However, in other books, he, himself, has said that he 'deprogrammed' the kids. They then became reflections of him. I do have a problem with the word 'brainwashing', but Manson is the one who discussed 'deprogramming' people.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maria Montgomery on March 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was entertaining and a natural addition for anyone who is interested in Mansonia. The author's story about how he eventually met Manson creates an engrossing narrative that also frames extended quotes from Charles Manson. While the book is a good portrait of Manson and his environmental stance, it is glaringly incomplete. I was left wondering why the author never mentions, at all, Manson's well documented racialist stance. He goes on several tangents about Satanic undercurrents, but never tackles this one? I guess there are worse things than being Satanist in our culture... Hmm, what could that be?
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By tree0789 on January 29, 2011
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This book? Eh. It's okay, but I don't think it offers any new or revealing information. There is not much in this telling that can be substantiated by facts. Like many books on the subject, this one claims that so-and-so told such-and-such that something happened but offers little-to-no evidence to back up the claims. And the Manson quotes sprinkled throughout annoyed me to the point that I almost stopped reading. I've read almost everything published on this story, and this book is no different, better, or worse. If you want to read it because you read everything published about the subject or you are in need of some jailhouse philosophy from a career con, then go for it. If you're hoping for some great new insight into the case, you should probably pass. Also, there are lots of typos in the Kindle edition, just fyi.
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