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“[A] brawny, deep-digging biography that's much more riveting than might be expected. . . . Mr. Guinn is fascinating in his use of hindsight, and it allows him a more probing view of his subject than earlier biographers had. . . . Steadily surprising.” (Janet Maslin The New York Times)
“Brilliant. Written with deep insight and in seamless, fluid prose, Guinn’s Manson expands the story of the cult leader into something far beyond the shocking story we're used to. The best book about Manson that I’ve read . . . and I think I’ve read them all.” (Jeffrey Deaver )
"[A] riveting, almost Dickensian narrative. . . . four stars." (Judith Newman People)
“[A] tour-de-force of a biography. . . . Vincent Bugliosi’s book Helter Skelter led me to believe there was nothing more to learn. . . . I was wrong. . . . [Manson] stands as a definitive work: important for students of criminology, human behavior, popular culture, music, psychopathology and sociopathology, and compulsively readable.” (Ann Rule The New York Times Book Review)
"Guinn has managed against all odds to offer a fresh take and a worthy complement to the first-hand immediacy of [Vincent] Bugliosi's Helter Skelter. . . . Offers new insight to those who lived through that turbulent era, and provides essential context to those who didn't. What emerges is a grim but highly compelling portrait of a 'lifelong social predator' who was 'always the wrong man in the right place at the right time.'" (Daniel Stashower The Washington Post)
"[Guinn] is now proving himself to be one of the pre-eminent true crime writers in the country. . . . Even though you know how the story turns out, you’re surprised on almost every page." (Jim Witt Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“Jeff Guinn takes the reader on a fascinating, chilling visit to a dark and decadent time in American history, all the while maintaining a laser focus on the era’s most recognizable face of evil. A gifted writer and master researcher, Guinn explores the depths of Charles Manson’s twisted psyche in a brilliant effort that dramatically raises the bar on the true crime genre.” (Carlton Stowers, two-time Edgar winner for Best Fact Crime )
"Splendid, comprehensively researched. . . . [Guinn] has given us an American nightmare from which we have not yet fully awoken." (Ariel Gonzalez The Miami Herald)
"Jeff Guinn knows how to tell a story, and he scores some coups with Manson. . . . The new information provides some surprises. . . . [Manson] will add to Mr. Guinn's reputation as an author who can both research and write well." (Laura Malt Schneiderman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
"Manson is a book impossible to put down, the details so palpable that the sense of being a part of each scene is almost overwhelming. . . . Guinn manages something much more than a true-crime book. Filled with the trampled hopes and broken dreams of those who gave their lives to a sociopath, Manson is an American tragedy." (Michael E. Young Dallas Morning News)
“Manson is, as its author surely intended, deeply unsettling and unnerving.” (Wendy Smith TheDailyBeast.com)
"Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry's Helter Skelter is a great true-crime book and up until now I would have said that it was the definitive book on murderer and cult leader Charles Manson. Now, having read Jeff Guinn's Manson, I realize that there was much more to this odd and horrible man." (Paul Davis Washington Times)
"Sometimes a book is so good that the reviewer does not know where to begin. It doesn't happen often, but this is one of those times. . . . Jeff Guinn has produced not only the best biography of Charles Manson, but the best study of American true crime since Victoria Lincoln's A Private Disgrace: Lizzie Borden by Daylight. . . . [A] consistently superb book. . . . Flawless." (Florence King National Review)
“Manson by Jeff Guinn knocked me down. . . . Mr. Guinn has become a truly great writer of nonfiction Americana.” (Daniel Woodrell The Wall Street Journal)
About the Author
- Publication date : August 6, 2013
- File size : 29935 KB
- Print length : 526 pages
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (August 6, 2013)
- ASIN : B00A2813WE
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0857208934
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #361,027 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even if you aren't too interested in Manson, this book is a crucial look into aspects of America's past: our prison system, dysfunction of families, crime & punishment (& lack thereof), civil rights era, African American & Muslims in America (ways they fought discrimination), drug culture, 60s & 70s politics, San Francisco social history, LA music scene & social history, cults, gangs, Vietnam War, sexual culture of the 60s, psychology & sociology, music (rock) history, history of the Beatles & Beach Boys, & more.
I have a BA in history, & I highly suggest this book for any American history professor for their students to read. I would've gotten much more out of this book for the time periods involved, than many US history books I had to read. Would be helpful also in criminology, sociology, pysch., mental illness, drug history, US politics, & so much more.
Then you will come to your senses amd realize he doesn't deserve an apologist.
He is a crazed, drug-addict killer and there is no reason to spend your valuable time reading a bleeding Liberal account of how society made him so twisted and evil.
People make choices; Manson's were all selfish and bad. He alone bears the responsibility for where he is and where he is going after he dies -- striaght to Hell.
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I wholly recommend both books to anyone who would like to get clarity of these murderers background and how and why they created the chaos and legacy that still fascinates us. It's frightening too that even now, we still have these types of characters around - be they languishing as small fanatical groups or heading up large powerful organisations ....in the name of religion.