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Discuss “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi
In the summer of 1969, in Los Angeles, a series of brutal, seemingly random murders captured headlines across America. A famous actress (and her unborn child), an heiress to a coffee fortune, a supermarket owner and his wife were among the seven victims. A thin trail of circumstances eventually tied the Tate-LeBianca murders to Charles Manson, a would-be pop singer of small talent living in the desert with his "family" of devoted young women and men. What was his hold over them? And what was the motivation behind such savagery? In the public imagination, over time, the case assumed the proportions of myth. The murders marked the end of the sixties and became an immediate symbol of the dark underside of that era. Vincent Bugliosi was the prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, and this book is his enthralling account of how he built his case from what a defense attorney dismissed as only "two fingerprints and Vince Bugliosi." The meticulous detective work with which the story begins, the prosecutor's view of a complex murder trial, the reconstruction of the philosophy Manson inculcated in his fervent followers…these elements make for a true crime classic. Helter Skelter is not merely a spellbinding murder case and courtroom drama but also, in the words of The New Republic, a "social document of rare importance."

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    "The South Florida Social Science 'social' Book Group" will focus on reading and discussing works of non-fiction from the disciplines of: history, political science, economics, philosophy, law, religion, and anything else that's thought provoking that remotely touches upon the gambit of the social sciences. For the past two years, I have successfully organized a meetup group dedicated to a fun yet rigorous discussion of literature, ("The South Florida Libation and Literature Book Group") which has brought together a diverse group of individuals with eclectic interests whom otherwise would not have met but for their love of literature. The group has met on a consistent basis, and has never had a lapse in its monthly meetings. For the past year, members within the group, and people outside it have expressed the desire to create something similar that will focus on works of non-fiction. For a long time, I was hoping someone else would start this type of group, but seeing as there is a paucity of intellectual dialogue within the social settings of South Florida, I am making it my mission to start one.

    The group will meet at "The Filling Station" and will hold meetings every other month. I will pick the book for the first meeting and facilitate the discussion, but UNLIKE my other book club, the members will vote at each meeting on what to group will read and discuss at the next meeting. The member whose proposal gets the most votes will facilitate the following discussion. (Since it is South Florida, I know people are not always best with commitments, therefore, I will always have something prepared to fall back on to facilitate in a member's stead if they cannot make it the following month for whatever reasons.) Some of my members in my other book group may be a bit surprised that I am ceding control like this, but this group is meant to be different. It is meant to be more egalitarian and the members will ultimately benefit from the diversity in the discussion that will spawn from each respective facilitator.

    Meetings will likely last for about two hours, and since libation will be flowing (I for one always partake) the discussion will likely at some point veer off from the facilitator's preparation, which always makes things more lively. However, out of respect for that session's facilitator, they can redirect the group back to their prepared remarks if they wish. Above all else, this group is about having fun, the joy of reading, and exposing people to non-fiction and ideas that they would not likely come across during their day to day routines. Unlike other groups, members sometimes leave feeling like they wish they could have contributed more, but one person spoke the entire time. We will make sure that a member will never leave without saying everything they wanted to about a given topic. I hope you consider joining us!

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