The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion by Ed Sanders

The Family

By Ed Sanders

One of the first of many Manson books is Ed Sanders’ The Family. The book chronicles the group and their journeys all the way up to their arrest in Death Valley. From dog blood cults, to the Process Church of Final Judgment, Sanders connects the dots of “Helter Skelter”. Both eerie and odd, the family is portrayed as a group of traveling strangers turned satanic zombies. Oo-ee-oo. A chilling story!

Book Description: In August of 1969, during two bloody evenings of paranoid, psychedelic savagery, Charles Manson and his dystopic communal family helped to wreck the dreams of the Love Generation. At least nine people were murdered, among them Sharon Tate, the young, beautiful, pregnant, actress and wife of Roman Polanski. Ed Sanders’ unnerving and detailed look at the horror dealt by Manson and his followers is a classic of the true-crime genre. The Family was originally published in 1971 and remains the most meticulously researched account of the most notorious murders of the 1960s. Using firsthand accounts from some of the family’s infamous members, including the wizard himself, Sanders examines not only the origins and legacy of Manson and his family, but also the mysteries that persist. Completely revised and updated, this edition features 25 harrowing black and white photos from the investigation.

“One of the best-researched, best-written, thoroughly-constructed, and eminently significant books of our times…. A masterpiece.”—Boston Phoenix

Pages: 560

Publisher: Da Capo Press; Rev Upd edition (November 8, 2002)

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One Response to The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion by Ed Sanders

  1. Fred Bloggs says:

    I have the 1993 updated version which contains so much from books written after its initial publishing date that I was frequently left wondering how much it had in common with the original version.
    It’s definitely worth a read but you might find Ed’s writing style hard to take at times.

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