This page is already filled with superlatives for Mr. Bugliosi's brilliant chronicle of an unprecedented crime that signaled the end of an era. For me, what adds to the endless fascination of this unsettling tale (as shocking now as it was then) is that, unlike in our present era of cowardice, Bugliosi dares to take the high ground and actually incorporate his moral disgust and indignation into the narrative without sacrificing fairness or diluting the facts. Really, the only people who escape some sort of blame are the victims--and that is just as it should be.
I lived in the city of Granada Hills in 1969, about a 15-minute drive from the Spahn ranch and I still vividly recall those excruciatingly hot days after the Tate murders when the whole Los Angeles area seemed to freeze in its tracks, paralyzed by fear and shock. It wasn't an easy feeling to live with then--and it sticks with you. Whenever I revisit Mr Bugliosi's classic work, or the respectable miniseries it produced, those feelings come rushing back in waves. As horrific as the crimes were, the pall it cast over the entire era is almost as criminal. The sixties were much more than the sum of its parts and I, for one, am grateful to Mr. Bugliosi and others who defended our rights. This hardcover edition is most welcome--all classics deserve to be rescued from paperback as well as Norton has rescued this one.
Another great action thriller to read is by Giorgio Kostantinos- The Quest.