Clark Collis
August 02, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Manson

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jeff Guinn
genre
Biography

We gave it a B

Author Guinn has an affinity for iconic criminals, having previously penned a 2009 biography of Bonnie and Clyde. In this hefty tome, Manson, he details the life of Charles Manson, whose masterminding of the 1969 Tate/LaBianca murders remains one of America’s most infamous crimes. If the result is low on flair, Guinn gets high marks for diligence, with interviewees who include Manson’s sister Nancy and prosecutor and Helter Skelter writer Vincent Bugliosi. Manson wouldn’t cooperate with the project, but Guinn does such a thorough job reminding us of his monstrousness, that actually seems like a blessing. B

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