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 the method to his madness, the charisma that underlies his sickness, the pathetic abandoned boy within the homicidal man. If you read "Helter Skelter "and think you know the whole story about Charlie Manson, think again. You don't know it all until you've read "Taming the Beast: Charles Manson's Life Behind Bars."
Edward George is a former theological student and Navy pilot who lives in San Francisco. Dary Matera is a veteran true-crime writer and coauthor of "Are You Lonesome Tonight? "He lives in Chandler, Arizona.