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Chaos

By: Tom O’Neill,Dan Piepenbring
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
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As featured on The Joe Rogan Experience

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Chaos written by Tom O'Neill with Dan Piepenbring, read by Kevin Stillwell.

A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI’s involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history.

In 1999, when Tom O’Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren’t the facts indisputable? Charles Manson had ordered his teenage followers to commit seven brutal murders, and in his thrall, they’d gladly complied. But when O’Neill began reporting the story, he kept finding holes in the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s narrative, long enshrined in the bestselling Helter Skelter. Before long, O’Neill had questions about everything from the motive to the manhunt. Though he’d never considered himself a conspiracy theorist, the Manson murders swallowed the next two decades of his career. He was obsessed.

Searching but never speculative, CHAOS follows O’Neill's twenty-year effort to rebut the ‘official’ story behind Manson. Who were his real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn’t law enforcement act on their many chances to stop him? And how did he turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers? O’Neill's hunt for answers leads him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from the Summer of Love to the shadowy sites of the CIA’s mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with cover-ups and coincidences.

Featuring hundreds of new interviews and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI and the CIA, CHAOS mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. In those two dark nights in Los Angeles, O’Neill finds the story of California in the sixties: when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia-or dystopia-was just an acid trip away.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

‘Riveting … Sensational revelations … True crime fans will be enthralled.’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 

'[Full of] scandalous findingsto me it seems only too plausible. O’Neill's intricately sinister ‘secret history’ often sounds incredible; that doesn't mean that it's not all true.' OBSERVER

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Dark parallels

Surprising rabbit holes that make this all the more intriguing. Everything you thought you knew about manson turned on its head.

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Wow. What a wild ride.

An incredibly eye opening experience. I had heard dribs and drabs about this story but hearing it in detail is mindblowing.

This is one of those books where you can't wait to discuss it with friends.

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What an amazing body of work!

An incredible piece of journalism and an important investigation of the wider history of the 60’s. I can’t wait for this to be turned into a tv series but in the meantime I would highly recommend this to anyone at all that has even a passing interesting in the 60’s in America and the Manson murders. Thank you Tom Oneall

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Not worth the time

An extremely underwhelming book. Though espousing a pursuit of truth, there is little more contained in this book than conspiracy theory. The new ‘evidence’ is inconclusive and testimony from many of the actors, so long after the events of 1969, circumstantial at best; if not simply revealing of the paucity of human memory. The book rambles through years worth of what is arguably wasted effort on the part of the author. The tone throughout is inconsistent. Introspective at times, but jumping about with no real cohesion. In the end, the story amounts to an open question. Would not recommend anyone bother with this.

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A profoundly important book

Never has the repainting of a scene you thought you knew well been so utterly captivating and enjoyable to listen to. O’Neill’s robust commitment to not report anything he could definitively prove is admirable, albeit occasionally annoying when you that the leap of faith to said it would be so is very small in some cases. The whole volume captures that strange feeling in the air you feel in the desert landscape upon which this story is set. Outstandingly paced and beautifully edited. This book is an easy Top 3 favourite.

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Sensational journalism

What a phenomenal piece of work, captivating from start to finish. Recommend listening to his JRE episode as a companion piece.

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Only buy if you're really into Manson

I bought this after hearing about it on Joe Rogan. Unfortunately I didn't make it past a few chapters. It simply wasn't interesting for the casual observer. If you are a deep follower of the Manson story then I'm sure this is a valuable new perspective but if you're not then it is excruciatingly boring with dozens of random names/characters and throwing in their 2 cents worth which are totally meaningless to me. There seems to be endless detail which isn't relevant to story telling - I wish the author had just go to the point instead of detailing interviews which didn't provide any information or go anywhere.

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wow!! just, wow

holy shitballs!! this is a crazy story!! sad, gut wrenching, eye opening. amazing!! a must listen

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Fantastic and intriguing

Great history lesson. Big eye opener. Tom O’Neill has done a fantastic job bringing these amazing historical events to light.

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Fascinating book

A well read and fascinating (audio) book.

The sheer tenacity of the author’s relentless investigations deserves 5 stars alone.

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