Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Charles Manson Book

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There's a new book coming out about Charles Manson, "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson" by Jeff Guinn.  This one has an enormous lead time as it's not due out until August 2013.  It has a couple of things going for it.  It promises new information on Charlie and it is being published by the major publishing house, Simon and Schuster.  Major publishers generally insist on sourcing and fact checking so hopefully this new book will not leave anyone wondering what is true and what is not.

If your a collector of Manson related books the pre-order price is reasonable and you'll be assured of getting a first edition.

Here's the blurb from Amazon-

August 6, 2013
Based on new interviews with previously undiscovered relatives and filled with revelations and unpublished photographs, this is the most authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson. After more than forty years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer. Manson helps us understand what obsessed him and, most terrifying of all, how he managed to persuade others to kill. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom has 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 was spared. There are even photographs of Manson’s childhood and youth that have never previously been seen outside private family albums. Putting Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the Sixties, Guinn shows how Manson represented the dark side of a generation. He came to Los Angeles hoping to get a recording contract, and the murders were directly related to his musical ambitions, although he cloaked them in a bizarre race-war theory. He was, in the words of one person who knew him, just like many other rock star wannabes—except that he was a killer."