Manson the Life and Times of Charles Manson HC
by Jeff Guinn
Published by Simon and Schuster
502p, b&w, hardcover, 6.25"x9.25"
"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 on the property where the
murders occurred was spared.
Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, 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, relocating to Los Angeles in search of a recording contract. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences as he convinced his followers to commit heinous murders on successive nights.
In addition to stunning revelations about Charles Manson, the book contains family photographs never before published."