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Manson

The Life and Times of Charles Manson
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
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The New York Times best-selling, authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson, filled with surprising new information: “A riveting, almost Dickensian narrative…four stars” (People). 

More than 40 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 60s, 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 consequences. 

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). 

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Thought It would like every other Manson book I own....

I have a half a dozen books on Charles Manson and The Family. The classic Helter Skelter, Charles Manson Coming Down Fast: A Chilling Biography, Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelte,r, Creepy Crawling and Diane Lakes Memoir.

So naturally I thought it would be a yawn given all the info and accounts I have already heard. However, this was absolutely fascinating. The Author did a really good job keeping this book full of interesting and new facts and details that even though the crime mirrors the way the murders went down as in the other books, the delivery and little known facts keep in from being redundant.

I listened to it in one setting. Bravo to the author for pulling that off and writing such a great book.

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Excellent!

Awesome well written book! Great narrator! Learned a lot! Thanks you for writing such a great book!