Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 512 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in
Published: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451645171
ISBN - 13: 9781451645170
From the Publisher
The New York Times bestselling, authoritative account of
the life of Charles Manson, filled with surprising new information
and previously unpublished photographs: "A riveting, almost
Dickensian narrative…four stars" (People).
More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female
commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon
Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff
Guinn traces back to Manson's childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson's
sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated
with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members
of the Manson family have provided new information about Manson's
life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate
murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person
near the scene of the crime was spared.
Manson puts the killer in the context of the turbulent
late sixties, an era of race riots and street protests when
authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how
Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading
confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to
their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his
long-standing musical ambitions. His frustrated ambitions, combined
with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal
Guinn's book is a "tour de force of a biography…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).
About the Author
Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of several books of fiction and nonfiction, including Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, The Last Gunfight and Go Down Together, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010. Guinn is formerly an award-winning investigative journalist and now a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs.
"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."