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Columbine - Dave Cullen
Columbine
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On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence-irrevocably branding... show more
On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence-irrevocably branding every subsequent shooting "another Columbine." When we think of Columbine, we think of the Trench Coat Mafia; we think of Cassie Bernall, the girl we thought professed her faith before she was shot; and we think of the boy pulling himself out of a school window -- the whole world was watching him. Now, in a riveting piece of journalism nearly ten years in the making, comes the story none of us knew. In this revelatory book, Dave Cullen has delivered a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. He lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris, and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to prom three days earlier and obsessed about love in his journal. The result is an astonishing account of two good students with lots of friends, who came to stockpile a basement cache of weapons, to record their raging hatred, and to manipulate every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere, described by Cullen with a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boy's tapes and diaries, he gives the first complete account of the Columbine tragedy. In the tradition of HELTER SKELTER and IN COLD BLOOD, COLUMBINE is destined to be a classic. A close-up portrait of hatred, a community rendered helpless, and the police blunders and cover-ups, it is a compelling and utterly human portrait of two killers-an unforgettable cautionary tale for our times.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780446546935 (0446546933)
Publisher: Twelve
Pages no: 417
Edition language: English
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Dem rated it
4.0 Columbine
I had to constantly remind myself while reading Columbine that this was Not Fiction.I vaguely remember hearing about this massacre on the news back in the late 1990s but this has made me realise how little attention I pay to media reports as only while reading this book did I realise how devastati...
Girl Well Read
Girl Well Read rated it
4.0 Columbine
Heartbreaking. I could only skim this book and am at a loss at how to rate it given the disturbing subject matter therefore I will score based on the writing versus the content. I'm giving 4/5 stars as the author was compelling, articulate, and well researched.
Book Which I Have Done Read Them
Book Which I Have Done Read Them rated it
4.0 Columbine
A very detailed account of the lead up and aftermath of the Columbine massacre, covering both the incident and the media coverage. I finished the book with something vaguely resembling empathy for one of the killers, complete contempt and disgust for the other, and appalled at the ignorance of the w...
Krycek
Krycek rated it
Columbine is a genus of perennial plants, otherwise known as aquilegia, containing 60-70 different species. One of these is the Colorado Blue Columbine, Colorado's state flower. Google "Columbine," however, and the first result is a reference to the massacre that occurred April 20, 1999, when Eric H...
Oliviate
Oliviate rated it
The warmth of empathy tempered by precise reporting. This book was, of course, very difficult to read in places, but it felt significant enough to warrant the difficulty. It's not precisely an enjoyable book, but it is un-put-downable. Shocking how many myths of this event are revealed as fabricatio...
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