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ISBN13: 9780446546928
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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 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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"Comprehensively nightmarish . . . Cullen's task is difficult not only because the events in question are almost literally unspeakable but also because even as he tells the story of a massacre that took the lives of 15 people, including the killers, he has to untell the stories that have already been told . . . Columbine is a necessary book. . . . The actual events of April 20, 1999, are exactly as appalling as you'd expect, and Cullen doesn't spare us a second of them." Time

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"Comprehensive...It's a book that hits you like a crime scene photo, a reminder of what journalism at its best is all about. Cullen knows his material from the inside; he covered Columbine, for Salon and Slate primarily, 'beginning around noon on the day of the attack.' But if this gives him a certain purchase on the story, his perspective is what resonates." LA Times

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"Cullen's book is a nerve-wracking, methodical and panoramic account...Columbine has its terrifying sections, particularly during Cullen's minute-by-minute rendering of the chaotic 49-minute assault. He puts us inside and outside the building, and he captures the disbelief viewers experienced in 'almost witnessing mass murder' live on television." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Cullen has authored a definitive history of Columbine...Columbine scrapes away the urban legends and popular analysis, and shows the reader clearly what happened.... Even while speaking hard truths, Cullen writes about the people of Columbine with compassion.” James Hart, New York Post

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"A chilling page-turner, a striking accomplishment given that Cullen's likely readers almost certainly know how the tragic story ends...I knew Cullen was a dogged reporter and a terrific writer, but even I was blown away by the pacing and story-telling he mastered in Columbine, a disturbing, inspiring work of art." Salon.com

Synopsis:

Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, Columbine is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.

About the Author

Dave Cullen is a journalist and author who has contributed to Slate, Salon, and the New York Times. He is considered the nation's foremost authority on the Columbine killers, and has also written extensively on Evangelical Christians, gays in the military, politics, and pop culture. A graduate of the MA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Cullen has won several writing awards, including a GLAAD Media Award, Society of Professional Journalism awards, and several Best of Salon citations.

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Garylovestoread, August 14, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
In 1999, two psychopathic students at Columbine High School went on a destructive rampage and killed 12 of their fellow classmates and one teacher in what at the time was considered the most horrendous school shooting spree in US history. Sadly, this title has passed onto other venues at Virginia Tech and Newtown Elementary. This books was both fascinating and frightening. Dave Cullen did an excellent job in weaving together the story of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the school administration, local law enforcement and the media. This book was frightening because of the ease with which these two students slipped into a darkness that only they inhabited, allowing counselors and psychologists treating them only enough space to think they were being successfully treated. Also, how easy it is to acquire guns, ingredients to make bombs, all while living at home and simply off the internet. This book reads as if a novel. Many times I found myself shouting out "They're hoarding guns, explosives, they are not being helped. Stop them now!!!". This book is a must read for any parent, administrator or law enforcement official to know what to do, what not to do, how to handle and how to react if any of these senseless tragedies occur again. As you read this book, open a dialogue with your child. Show them that trust is possible, that ferreting out the bad people is good. And once your done doing that, give them a big tight hug.
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Josephine, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Josephine)
Not an easy subject, but one that is handled comprehesively, and with respect.
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Josephine, May 14, 2010 (view all comments by Josephine)
Not just a story about two damaged young men who decided that mass murder was a viable choice, but a study of trauma, memory, the media and all of its problems, corruption in law enforcement, religion, and 'the truth'.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446546928
Author:
Cullen, Dave
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Mass murder; Massacres; High school students; Teenage boys; Teenagers; Murder-suicide; Violence; Children in peril; American history; Psychology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
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Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.80x5.90x1.40 in. 1.05 lbs.

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Product details 464 pages Twelve - English 9780446546928 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Comprehensively nightmarish . . . Cullen's task is difficult not only because the events in question are almost literally unspeakable but also because even as he tells the story of a massacre that took the lives of 15 people, including the killers, he has to untell the stories that have already been told . . . Columbine is a necessary book. . . . The actual events of April 20, 1999, are exactly as appalling as you'd expect, and Cullen doesn't spare us a second of them."
"Review" by , "Comprehensive...It's a book that hits you like a crime scene photo, a reminder of what journalism at its best is all about. Cullen knows his material from the inside; he covered Columbine, for Salon and Slate primarily, 'beginning around noon on the day of the attack.' But if this gives him a certain purchase on the story, his perspective is what resonates."
"Review" by , "Cullen's book is a nerve-wracking, methodical and panoramic account...Columbine has its terrifying sections, particularly during Cullen's minute-by-minute rendering of the chaotic 49-minute assault. He puts us inside and outside the building, and he captures the disbelief viewers experienced in 'almost witnessing mass murder' live on television."
"Review" by , "Cullen has authored a definitive history of Columbine...Columbine scrapes away the urban legends and popular analysis, and shows the reader clearly what happened.... Even while speaking hard truths, Cullen writes about the people of Columbine with compassion.”
"Review" by , "A chilling page-turner, a striking accomplishment given that Cullen's likely readers almost certainly know how the tragic story ends...I knew Cullen was a dogged reporter and a terrific writer, but even I was blown away by the pacing and story-telling he mastered in Columbine, a disturbing, inspiring work of art."
"Synopsis" by , Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, Columbine is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.
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