Denise Morland, September 16, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Columbine is the devastating story of the school shootings that took place in 1999. Dave Cullen was assigned the story when it was breaking and has spent the last ten years trying to understand exactly what took place that day and what lead to the tragedy. The book is incredibly detailed, taking you minute by minute through the shootings, analyzing the journals and videos left behind, and delving into the boys' psyche and motivations. Cullen accomplishes many things with this well-written account; he debunks many of the myths perpetuated by the media, brings some clarity to how it happened, and offers some hope that people can recover from an event this tragic.
You should understand - the book is a harrowing and heartbreaking read. Given that, I learned a lot about Columbine that I had been unaware of. I listened to the book on audio and Don Leslie does a great job with what must have been a difficult task. He maintains a neutral, steady voice throughout. Listening to this book was a cathartic experience in many ways and helped me process some of the emotions that I felt following the event.
Dave Cullen, the acclaimed journalist who followed the Columbine massacre from day one reconstructs, with unrivaled care and insight, the psychological journey of two teenage boys who became killers.
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