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Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  125 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the early 1950s, Lynette Fromme's world was more or less a paint-by-numbers existence that millions of other suburban children were living in Southern California. Red-haired, freckled, and convivial, she was the child of an in absentia workaholic father and a reclusive mother. She sang in the school choir and her dance troupe performed before President Eisenhower. As a ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1997)
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Dec 12, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
I've always thought you have to take anything thats been written about the so called "Manson family", whether pro or anti Manson, with a huge grain of salt. This book requires less salt than anything I've read pertaining to the "Manson family" to date.
The author paints a very sympathetic picture of Fromme. I think the angle he is getting at is Manson was able to influence Fromme because she was looking for a Father figure type because her dad was emotionally abusive, neglectful and he strongly i
Kathy Spada
Jun 27, 2015 Kathy Spada rated it it was amazing
This is a very comprehensive book on the life of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. What I really liked was reading her life in the context of the late 60s and early 70s. Meeting Manson, the Vietnam War, her hate of Nixon and love for the environment and the trees is all clearly emphasized. In fact, it appears that Squeaky was one of the first "eco-terrorists", ready to kill to save the trees.
She was an extremely intelligent and well spoken woman. During the trial, she argued for herself like a lawyer. S
Oct 22, 2015 Maryday rated it really liked it
I was glad to come across this book, and for the most part, it held my interest. There were parts that got repetitive or gave more detail than the material seemed to justify. I don't like an author telling me what to think about their subject, but at times I wish he'd taken a little more of a stand. The biggest example is one of the big questions: did Fromme have any real intention of shooting Ford that day? The short answer is that we will never really know, but I wish the guy who spent a lot o ...more
melanie berlin
Jan 30, 2008 melanie berlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cult leaders, teens on drugs
come to think of it, i never did finish this book. as soon as sqeaky and accomplice (i forgot her name) were actually put in jail i got bored and started another book. jesus my reviews are fascinating.
Aug 24, 2009 Derek rated it liked it
This is really a 2 1/2 star book. I don't recommend it.

I came to the sad realization after reading it that Lynette Fromme didn't really deserve to have a book written about her.
[Text removed because it was a huge pile of embarrassing Livejournaly feelings-ramble, only tangentially related to the book under "review," which may have been appropriate when this Goodreads account was just a dumping ground for my miscellaneous personal wankery but is less so now that I'm trying to use the site as it was intended. Anyway, this is a good book, and I do recommend it to anyone who, like me, is fascinated by cults and the confusing ways they make us feel given our culturally inst ...more
Hobart Frolley
Oct 04, 2013 Hobart Frolley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
This is a very enjoyable and well-researched biography.
It is very thorough and so may not be as enjoyable to people with only a passing interest in The Family. There is not much new reported about The Family, but the writing is good enough that you don't mind that you are treading familiar ground on the roughly 100 pages that deal with those years of Lynnette Fromme's life. The other 300 pages provide a lot of insight into her youth and upbringing and her activities post-1970. Highly recommended
Tyrell Warner
Jul 19, 2012 Tyrell Warner rated it really liked it
I find it terribly amusing that Squeaky Fromme walked up to the president himself with a pistol and got paroled, but Manson has rotted in prison since 1971 despite a case waged against him that lacked major evidence and was so grossly mishandled that even if the jury had been twelve members of the so-called Manson Family he'd have gone to death row.
Crystal Shoener
Feb 06, 2014 Crystal Shoener rated it really liked it
I was cast as Squeaky Fromme in the musical 'Assassins,' and I picked this book up (along with lots of other sources) so that I could study her and imitate as much of her being as possible without knowing her. I enjoyed the read.
L.V. Sage
Jun 27, 2012 L.V. Sage rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Manson-ites
Shelves: california
Most of this book deals with Ms. Fromme's trial & subsequent prison time for her assassination attempt on President Gerald Ford.
Sep 02, 2013 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I believe she was more dangerous then Manson, and we all know how sick he was.
Jun 07, 2011 MK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben Harper for the win. Squeaky's now my Family favorite.
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