☆ Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson ↠ Jeff Guinn, Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Jeff Guinn, Manson The Life and Times of Charles Manson Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson The most authoritative account ever written of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and hor ☆ Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson ↠ Jeff Guinn - Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Manson The Life and Times of Charles Manson Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson The most au

  • Title: Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson
  • Author: Jeff Guinn
  • ISBN: 9781451645163
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover

☆ Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson ↠ Jeff Guinn ☆ Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson ↠ Jeff Guinn - Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson, Manson The Life and Times of Charles Manson Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson The most au

  • ☆ Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson ↠ Jeff Guinn
    124 Jeff Guinn
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson

About "Jeff Guinn"

  1. Jeff Guinn

    Jeff Guinn is the author of MANSON The Life and Times of Charles Manson, THE LAST GUNFIGHT The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K Corral And How It Changed the American West, and GO DOWN TOGETHER The True, Untold Story of Bonnie Clyde, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in 2010 He was a longtime journalist who has won national, regional and state awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and literary criticism He has written sixteen books including New York Times bestsellers One of only 32 members of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, he lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

370 thoughts on “Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson”

  1. Take this review with a grain of salt because I don t read biographies ever lol 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this read I m not one for biographies or non fiction, but Charles Manson is a figure I ve been relentlessly studying since I was about 13 As I wrote a paper this semester on explaining Charles Manson s criminal activity, this book was a MASSIVE help Guinn goes into immense detail on Manson s life from the beginning to the present There were tiny anecdotes I had never heard anywhere else, ye [...]


  2. Peace, Love, and AberrationThis is a mind expanding book It s as much a social history of America and specifically of California in the late sixties and the early seventies as it is a study of Manson and his so called family Guin sets the context of Manson s story by delving into the genesis of the hippie movement in Haight Ashbury and then as it extends across the country One of the things that fascinates me so much about true crime is how someone comes to be involved in their crimes What caus [...]


  3. First of all I would like to say a few words about the last few paragraphs in this book.For me Guinn manages to pinpoint Manson exactly right in those last few sentences I actually nodded in agreement as I read them.The fact that the author managed to get Manson s family members, sorry his genetic family, to talk to him gives this book some extra insight It is filled with factual info that makes a lot of things less mystical, and let s be honest the media likes to paint Manson that way, and with [...]


  4. Guinn tackles the extremely daunting task of presenting a cogent biography of one of the world s most notorious serial killers of the 20th century Charles Manson and his life are likely of keen interest to many, though the number who will admit it may pale in comparison Guinn is left to explore Manson s life before permanent incarceration, especially his development of The Family, the group he led by his amazing power of persuasion Guinn sketches Manson out to be three distinct beings over his l [...]


  5. As a big fan of Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders, I suspected that there wouldn t be much new for me in this biography of Manson I was pleasantly surprised Jeff Guinn has written a biography of Manson, but also an overview of San Francisco in the 50s I heard Guinn on Fresh Air and he made that the point that Manson could not have existed at any other time in US culture His arrival in San Francisco coincided with a time when people were seeking enlightenment through drugs, guru [...]


  6. I received a copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaway program I was very excited to win an advance copy of this book, but for some reason perhaps a review I read I expected it to be very poorly written I did not find this to be the case at all.The most striking quality of this book was its tremendous readability it proved a real page turner I am a fan of true crime journalism, stories, etc but I had no real interest in the Manson case beforehand The author, Jeff Guinn, sure c [...]


  7. Page 399 my book Almost everyone who had anything to do with him Manson was damaged in some way, and Charlie could not have cared less Gregg Jakobson compares Charlie to a cancer cell because he thrived by eradicating everything around him that was healthy.This book captures the totality of Charles Manson actually called Charlie by all around him In this crime biography the author does not give us any excuses in a sociological or psychological sense Manson was a creep, a predator, a prime manipu [...]


  8. Good update on the Manson story with a much needed focus on Manson s youth As I recall and it s been a very long time , Bugliosi, in Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders, was pretty thin and possibly wrong on those details Yeah, Manson s childhood was a rough one, but a lot of that was brought on by his own choices If you believe in Bad Seeds, he would certainly be a candidate It s true, his mother was a honky tonk girl but hardly a prostitute , who would spend some time in jail, [...]


  9. For anyone who lived though the 60s, there is probably too much tedius and sometimes irrelevant historical detail For those who didn t, it likely doesn t seem excessive Not as riveting as Helter Skelter, but a decent book with a bit of new information, told with the authority of a gruntload of reasearch It also has the advantage of time, so we get to learn what happened to all the surviving players.


  10. Jeff Guinn, Manson The Life and Times of Charles Manson New York Simon Schuster, 2013 27.50, 495 pages Hardcover KindleFrigyes Karinthy originated the idea of six degrees separation in his 1929 short story, Chains One of the characters in the story bet his friends that using no than five individuals, one of whom is a personal acquaintance, he could contact any person in the world using nothing except the network of personal acquaintances I had a six degrees like experience while reading Jeff Gu [...]


  11. The book is worth a read for those interested in the Manson story, but it s not a great example of historical writing Guinn certainly has dug up a lot of detail on Manson s life, starting with the various plights of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles Unfortunately, I found the early chapters to be very poorly written The author takes the tone of an omnipresent narrator and makes unfounded assumptions about the thoughts and motivations of the various characters If it had been written in the styl [...]


  12. I won this book as a Giveaway.Having read Helter Skelter years ago and being familiar with the basic plot of the Manson Family murders, I was glad that this book contained far than a rehashing of the all too familiar details The first couple of hundred pages provides an insight into Charles upbringing including information about his mother and the uncle and aunt who basically raised him, as well as the town where he spent most of his youth It follows him into young adulthood and his early crime [...]


  13. Update At last, Charles Manson has died by the age of 83 from natural causes on Sunday, November 19 Rot In Hell It has never been so addictive to get into the history of one of the world s most notorious psychopaths, Charlie Manson.The author has a splendid way in keeping me interested and engaged I ve kept reading the book for hours and hours The book never bored be at all, not even once, and it sure kept me on my toes and fascinated me all the time with all these shocking details and accounts [...]


  14. I read Vincent Bugliosi s Helter Skelter back in the day but have to say my mind has become dim on the actual facts of the Manson case I ve seen documentaries, clips of interviews with Manson I remember the news when each of the girls were released from prison And I remember the murder, the Tate murder, but not the others This book brings everything about Charles Manson together in a cohesive story It s not just a story of the psychopath though, it is also a story of the era in which he was able [...]


  15. I m not really sure why I picked up this book and started to read it Maybe I thought it would be an interesting exploration of the psychopathic mind of Charles Manson It s not Manson The Life and Times of Charles Manson should be renamed The Extremely Detailed Daily Jaunts of a Quirky, Charismatic Guy Named Charlie When I read a book about a murderer, I want to get into his mind That sounds nasty, but I want to know why he did it What about his upbringing, his adult life, his psychological state [...]


  16. Anyone who was old enough to watch TV in the late 1960s will recognize the hippies, Weathermen, SDS, Black Panthers and other lowlifes who inhabit this unusually thorough biography of Charles Manson, the man who programmed 20 some young women to obey his every command, including murdering people, and dying for him if necessary Xan Brooks in The Guardian describes him as a career criminal, one part pimp to one part imp the bespoke vermin of the American counterculture He crawled inside and built [...]


  17. This book threw me for a loop I wasn t alive when all this crazy s went down so what I thought I knew about Charles Manson wasn t at all true I m sure my mom who was born in 1962 told me a glossed over version of the truth that Manson was a murderer For some reason I thought he was something of a serial killer I was surprised to find that Manson is basically a crazy misogynist racist who enjoyed taking advantage of people and twisting the truth This book reads like a criminal psychology class ca [...]


  18. Manson by Jeff Guinn, published by Simon and Schuster.Category Biography Crime Publication Date August 06, 2013This is another must read from the pen of Jeff Guinn If you have not read Go Down Together , which is the absolute best biography of the lives of Bonnie and Clyde, I highly recommend you do so Jeff Guinn is a master of research Manson took two years to write and from the notes and bibliography it is amazing that it only took two years If you have read Helter Skelter or are in any way in [...]


  19. I read this book because, like another member of , I too was fascinated with Charles Manson since I was a child I read Helter Skelter when I was a teenager and was kind of bewitched by the whole thing.e stars and mass murder.But this book took the fear that I had of cults and mass murderers, hiding out just waiting to get into my house, away and put the whole Charles Manson thing into perspective As Guine said in the book, Manson was just a guy who happened to be at the right place at the right [...]


  20. A VERY well researched work on one of the most frightening men still on the planet Jeff Guinn s Bibliography at the end of the book is quite impressive and draws from all types of sources, including interviews with family members blood family, his sister and his cousin, as opposed to Manson s Family of whacked out followers, some members of which he DID speak with who have NEVER before been interviewed by anyone about their infamous relative If you re looking for an account of the Tate LiBianca [...]


  21. There have been a number of books about Charlie Manson and his family, the best of which I think is still one of the first, Ed Sanders s, The Family, but this is a close second Using a number of sources, including Vincent Bugliosi s exhaustive procedural account of the capture of Manson and his family, and the ensuing trial, as well as interviews with members of Mason s blood family, Guinn has cobbled together an extremely readable and fascinating biography of a sociopath After finishing, you fi [...]


  22. Although I never got around to reading Helter Skelter, I did read another book entitled simply, The Family which was written sometime in the 1970s Guinn s book went into a lot detail on Manson s childhood in and around West Virginia Ohio, and his subsequent brushes with the law Charlie was identified early as a sociopath though that word was not in use then who was bound for the penitentiary Forced to live with his aunt and uncle as a result of his mother s incarceration, he was loathed by the [...]


  23. As anyone who bothers to read my reviews knows, I love biographies and this book does not disappoint The author states at the end of the story that Charles Manson was a true product of the 60 s but also of the 30 s, 40 s and 40 s Manson was born in 1933 the worst year of the Depression to a wild and rebellious teenage girl who, contrary to the myths he spun about himself, came from a respectable family though his biological father was a petty criminal and con man Throughout his childhood his mot [...]


  24. It is easy now to have a rather comical view of Charles Manson as a raving lunatic to be scorned than feared Ben Stiller s portrayal of Manson as Lassie in a comedy sketch keeps coming to mind However, almost fifty years ago Manson was the national face of evil incarnate due to his brief reign of terror in Los Angeles and the media frenzied trial that followed In a time of race riots, war protests and general civil unrest, Charles Manson stood out Jeff Guinn does a good job bringing that time a [...]


  25. I lived in Los Angeles during the horrific events described in this book, and even knew one of the people mentioned during Manson s attempts to become a rock star While the details of the crimes were well known to me, what was totally new was the background leading up to the murders and the well researched, well written context of the times in which the events occurred The author should be commended for his judicious description of the murders The crimes were and are horrific, but Guinn chose to [...]


  26. This book was riveting I was a teenager when the Tate Bianca murders took place, and I well recall hearing and reading about Manson, the Family and their horrific crimes Although I read Vincent Bugliosi s excellent Helter Skelter and have read updates about the cases through the years, I would not have read this book had it not been so well received I assumed there was not really anything new to learn about Charles Manson his life and crimes have been rehashed so many times But this book reads l [...]


  27. This book is devastating A perfect glimpse into the heart of the 60 s when shit was getting real crazy, and there s no better poster child than Manson for the dark side of the peace and love generation The alchemy of time, place and this monster is insane Had he been born 10 years earlier I think Manson would have ended up just a normal lunatic and probably locked up mostly Guinn really captures the escalation of a psychopath in a way that is eerily easy to understand Where the free love culture [...]


  28. Little Charlie Manson was a disagreeable child I found this biography to be absolutely haunting and captivating Jeff Guinn paints a well crafted portrait of the sixties and how someone as unexceptional as Charles Manson was able to use the culture and social climate to achieve the things he did I felt a little creepy that I got so into this book but I soon got over it, because it s downright fascinating Well researched and thoughtful.Side note Not recommended to read the portions about the Famil [...]


  29. As morbid as this may seem, I really loved this book I love history and abnormal psychology so this was right up my alley I think the author did a really good job of setting the scene in a historical sense It makes it easier to see how the Family came to be and how they were influenced by the state the U.S was in at the time.I enjoyed this much than I thought I did and I m glad I finally checked it out.


  30. I really enjoyed this I thought the author provided plenty of detail of Charlie s life It even talked a little about his mom s life before she had him There are so many interesting facts in this book I m glad I read this.


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