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The Family Paperback – November 8, 2002
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While "Helter Skelter" is a factual, by-the-numbers recount, "The Family" is an attempt to get beneath the surface of these unimaginable crimes. Sanders, a pseudo hippie himself, well-versed in the howling of beatnik eras and the twang of Bob Dylan travels, had unparalleled leeway into the lives of Manson's followers before and during the criminal trials of 1970. He hung with the waifs at Spahn ranch before it burned to the ground. He camped with these very weird kids in Death Valley. And he caught wind of the numerous crazy rumors that floated around like so much LA smog while writing alongside the army of TV/print reporters covering the trial. His work is valid, and his opinions cut through much of the myth and legend of this case. It is also the first true book ever released on this case, having been published in 1971.
Sanders' flippant disregard for Manson's con, and the con of his worshipers, is refreshing. His style reminds me of the extraordinary ruminations of Evan S. Connell in "Son of the Morning Star" - a fantastic work dealing with another rather bloody historical event (Custer and Little Big Horn). Sanders refuses to accept the myth or the legend, and reveals the dirty, flea-bitten truth. His is an unconventional, creative approach, told from the eyes of a most intelligent mind.
But I still find much of Sanders' work to be extremely irresponsible.Read more ›
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What an amateurishly, annoyingly written book. I didn't want to continue past the first couple of chapters, but I forced myself to, just because I personally don't like to quit... Read morePublished 14 days ago by riverscircus
Fabulous writing! Interesting to be able to see the background of the Manson history, along with the disciples who were involved. Awesome delivery time on Amazon's part.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
let's not forget that the auteur director JOHN WATERS absolutely reveres the fact that these experiments in pop culture happened. Read morePublished 4 months ago by gcd
Everything you ever wanted to know about manson and his cult.Extremely well written.Published 5 months ago by renee c shaner
Obsessively readable book that goes much deeper than Bugliosi's book (Helter Skelter) into the twisted dimensions of these grisly murders and the named celebrities featured on its... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue Z. Smith
I was hoping to read the original version with The Process Church (Satanic Scientology off-shoot) chapter, but they successfully sued the author for connecting them with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeremy R. Feit