I’m almost halfway through this book and it’s an excellent read. Very well researched, this biography starts before Charlie’s birth. I’ve discovered that Charlie embellished and fabricated some of his history to create the mythology of Charles Manson. The fact is that he used his charisma, Dale Carnegie’s techniques, scientology, and the messages of street preachers in the Haight to develop his philosophy. He really has a fascinating history – and I’m only halfway through!