This book was very different from the viewpoint of Mr. Sanders. I find this version friendlier & more honest than Vincent Bugliosi's . More detailed about the daily life & sequence of events of "The Family". Mr. Sanders definitly did his homework on researching this one. A much better book than Helter Skelter. Mr. Sanders did not show "compassion" for the Family, but told the story a lot better than any account I have ever read. The ending is focused on the death penalty, so this book was written prior to the sentence changes. 4 star book. Good read.