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hedgimom, April 20, 2015 (view all comments by hedgimom)
It is fitting that I finished this book today, the 16th anniversary of the Columbine shootings. This is a story that deserves to be read. A truly amazing work of journalism. While a work of true crime non-fiction, the story unfolds much like a novel and is truly difficult to put down. Cullen has created a work that both informs and compels. I was surprised at how much I did not know about one of our country's most famous tragedies. I have to thank Mr. Cullen for such a well-penned and unbiased work.

Highly recommended!
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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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Kelly A, April 3, 2010 (view all comments by Kelly A)
The best thing about this book is the skillful choices Cullen makes; what he leaves out to tell the best story.

He had me at a passage early in the book describing the principal at a gathering the week of the shooting there is now way a photo could have illustrated this image better:

Mr. D buckled at the waist. He clutched his stomach and staggered around, turning his back to the audience, sobbing uncontrollably. His torso was parallel to the floor, shaking so hard it was visible from the last row.

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Cullen, Dave
United States - State & Local - West
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Murder - General
World History-General
Modern - General
Mass murder; Massacres; High school students; Teenage boys; Teenagers; Murder-suicide; Violence; Children in peril; American history; Psychology
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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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