Bugliosi writes a compelling and thorough account of what must have been an outrageously crazy chapter to have lived through in 1969. This is the best selling true crime novel of all time not only for its first person account (Buliois prosecuted Charles Manson) of one of the countries most shocking cases, but also because it's well written and thoroughly absorbing.
How absorbing? Well, it's 700 pages took no time at all to read. The book was the basis for two unremarkable films in 1976 and 2004. Not too surprisingly, the book's accuracy is disputed by Manson followers to this day. What is surprising is that he still has followers.