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Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  113 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Edward George understand Charles Manson as few others ever will. Former prison counselor to the messianic killer, George enraged Manson as an agent of the state's criminal justice system, listened to him as a trusted confessor, spoke for him as an erstwhile press agent-and-almost-connected with him as a friend. George saw Manson in a way the public never would, witnessing ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 16th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1998)
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Lee Anne
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mansoniana
Can a book be important to a genre and still be a so-so book?

This is the tenth book I've read about Charles Manson and the family; I have two more in my to-read pile, and at least one or two more to buy. This book provides a fascinating (for other Manson "experts" like me) look at Charles Manson's behavior behind bars, but Edward George, a seminary student turned prison counselor, who worked with Charlie in two separate facilities, is a problematic storyteller at best here.

Aside from being no Tr
Aneta Jackowska-Musiol
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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George gaves the monstrous Manson a humanly face. Reluctant to take a post in the prison where Manson was kept, he develops over the years kind of a good relationship with Family founder. He tries to understand what triggered Manson to live the life he does. That is summarized in the last two pages and is both emotional and convincing. Although not psychological review, George offers valuable evaluation of celebrity murderer, as well as new motive for atrocious murders. And I love the juicy narr ...more
Smith White
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Yet another boring, poorly written book about Manson, written by someone who considers themselves qualified on the subject by having been peripherally associated with them.

The author seems to have abandoned all logic and reason and simply given himself the goal to pocket as much money as he could based on his limited understanding of the case.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author, a former prison counselor to Manson, seems half enamoured of him, in some perverse way. My experience with psychopaths is, there isn't much to know. They all have similar characteristics that you can count on, as does Manson. A life bird. And so may he rot.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it
this wasnt as cool i hoped
but still insightful
people in prisons really think they change sickos!!
or convert them to born againsim
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars is not exactly a cerebral read. In fact, it could arguably be considered a “guilty pleasure” - if it were a pleasure to read, that is.

Author Edward George (billed as a “former prison counselor”) worked as a programs administrator in various correctional facilities throughout the United States (including the infamous San Quentin prison). During his day-to-day rituals, he frequently encountered notorious felon Charles Manson. Actually, George oft
Jo Anne
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was 10 years old when Charles Manson and his Family exploded on the American scene. I remember my mom and grandmother being upset, mostly for what was done to the pregnant Sharon Tate. It meant nothing to me; I was a very childish 10.

Lately I have been interested in learning more about Manson--probably because of the recent TV show Aquarius (which I rate 1 star.) I happened to find Taming the Beast by Edward George in a donate box at the library and brought it home. George admits he had a fasc
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Written by a guy who was Charles Mansons prison counselor for eight years. This is of interest because it gives some insite into Mansons life since he has been in prison. Also included are transcripts of Mansons commentary during his various court and parole hearings over the years. This book is not perfect, the author at various times bends over backwards to paint Manson as being "spookier" than he really is, at one point implying that the reason for a near drowning accident and being attacked ...more
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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LOVED this book! Very interesting & informative about prison life and Charles Manson as an individual. Great stories, great writing.
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