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No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School

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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history.

Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebolds darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre simply because he had been friends with the killers.

Now, for the first time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, gets to tell his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams.

Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today.

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"[R]eaders interested in a close-up account of the tragedy will want to read this book." Publishers Weekly

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"[G]ripping and provocative." Booklist

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"If there is any solace to come out of a tragedy of the magnitude of the Columbine shooting, it is what lessons might be learned in its aftermath. With bravery, wit, and striking honesty, Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt allow us a glimpse into what led to that event, what happened afterward, and most importantly, why any community would be naive to think it might not happen to them, too. How thin is the line between a bully and a victim? Who is to blame, when a community is turned inside out? As No Easy Answers suggests, it may just be the community itself. And it offers up a question of that resonates after the last page is turned: What can you and I do to keep this from happening again? If you're a parent, read this with your child; if you're a teen, leave this on your parents' bedside table—and above all else, start the conversation too much of this world is unwilling to have." Jodi Picoult, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Nineteen Minutes

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"[The book] gives a perspective no one else could....It shows a side you cannot get anywhere else." Brian Rohrbough, father of Columbine victim Daniel Rohrbough

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"I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what it is like to grow up outside popularity — and to everyone who wants to understand how school shootings can happen." Stan Davis, founder, Stop Bullying Now.com

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On 20th April 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death 12 students and one teacher, and wounded many others. Brooks Brown, who knew both Klebold and Harris well, tells his version of the story.

About the Author

Brooks Brown graduated from Columbine High School in 1999; this is his first book. Most recently, Brooks worked and consulted on Michael Moore's latest documentary called Bowling for Columbine. He lives in Littleton, Colorado. Rob Merritt graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1998 and currently works as a newspaper writer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Rob Merritt graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1998 and currently works as a newspaper writer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Curt Rowlett, January 12, 2007 (view all comments by Curt Rowlett)
The Roman poet Virgil once wrote, "From a single crime, know the nation."

Brooks Brown, who knew both Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, gives a unique perspective on the root causes that may have led to the infamous Columbine massacre, a list that includes intense bullying, preferential treatment given to athletes and a culturally-ingrained intolerance for anyone deemed to be different from the status quo.

Detractors of both the book and the author seem to be entirely missing the point Brown makes in this book, i.e., the same sort of "bullying" behavior that one reads in the hostile comments left on the various reviews are just the sort of thing that probably helped to perpetuate the hate and discontent felt at Columbine. When will people ever learn, one must ask?

All in all, this one is an excellent read and I highly recommend it for learning the whole truth behind the causes of the Columbine massacre.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590560310
Author:
Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt
Publisher:
Lantern Books
Author:
Brown, Brooks
Author:
Merritt, Rob
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Students
Subject:
School shootings
Subject:
Juvenile materials
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Educational Policy & Reform - School Safety
Subject:
Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.) -
Subject:
Columbine High School Massacre, Littleton, Co
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Series Volume:
MCH089 2002
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
8.99x6.01x.78 in. 1.02 lbs.

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Product details 284 pages Lantern Books - English 9781590560310 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[R]eaders interested in a close-up account of the tragedy will want to read this book."
"Review" by , "[G]ripping and provocative."
"Review" by , "If there is any solace to come out of a tragedy of the magnitude of the Columbine shooting, it is what lessons might be learned in its aftermath. With bravery, wit, and striking honesty, Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt allow us a glimpse into what led to that event, what happened afterward, and most importantly, why any community would be naive to think it might not happen to them, too. How thin is the line between a bully and a victim? Who is to blame, when a community is turned inside out? As No Easy Answers suggests, it may just be the community itself. And it offers up a question of that resonates after the last page is turned: What can you and I do to keep this from happening again? If you're a parent, read this with your child; if you're a teen, leave this on your parents' bedside table—and above all else, start the conversation too much of this world is unwilling to have."
"Review" by , "[The book] gives a perspective no one else could....It shows a side you cannot get anywhere else."
"Review" by , "I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand what it is like to grow up outside popularity — and to everyone who wants to understand how school shootings can happen."
"Synopsis" by , On 20th April 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death 12 students and one teacher, and wounded many others. Brooks Brown, who knew both Klebold and Harris well, tells his version of the story.
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