Columbine
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ISBN: 0446546925
EAN13: 9780446546928
Language: English
Pages: 496
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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-with the whole world watching him. In this riveting piece of journalism nearly ten years in the making comes the story none of us knew. This revelatory book offers a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. Dave Cullen, the acclaimed journalist who followed the massacre from day one, 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 Read More chevron_right

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   Groundbreaking
The investigation of the high school massacre was thorough. Dave Cullen does a great job of deconstructing the inaccurate narrative that most of us still hold about the event, as well as providing a platform for the victims' stories to be heard. If we are to truly learn from events like Columbine, we need critical, thoughtful explorations like this book.
 
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   A Great Read
A great book! My husband and I are police officers. The book tells the story of what happened at the school. It explains how law enforcement officers are trained to respond to similar situations. The background of the two boys and their families is told in detail. Excellent recommendation.
 
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   Sensationalized. Invented dialogue. Inaccurate and incomplete.
The author didn't interview people whose stories he told, including survivors, who encourage people not to read the book because he didn't bother to write about their experiences correctly. He used data from news reports that were inaccurate. Poor reporting. If you enjoy reading fictionalized accounts of real events, this is great. If you think the reconstruction is based on facts, it's not so good.
 
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