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Columbine / Dave Cullen.
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- Language: English
- Publication Information: New York, NY : Twelve, 2010.
- Publication Date: 2010
- Physical Description: xiv, 443 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Publication Type: Book
- Document Type: Bibliographies; Non-fiction
- Subject Terms: Columbine High School Massacre (Littleton, Colorado : 1999); Columbine High School Massacre, Littleton, Colo., 1999; School shootings -- Colorado -- Littleton; School shootings -- Littleton (Colo.); School shootings
- Subject Terms: Colorado -- Littleton
- Subject Terms: Columbine High School (Littleton, Colo.)
Booklist Reviews 2009 April #1
"*Starred Review* Although much has been written about the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, little of it has helped to explain why two high-school students went on a rampage, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others. Cullen, acclaimed expert on Columbine, offers a penetrating look at the motivation and intent of the shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Drawing on interviews, police records, media coverage, and diaries and videotapes left behind by the shooters, Cullen examines the killers beliefs and psychological states of mind. Chilling journal entries show a progression from adolescent angst to psychopathic rage as they planned a multistage killing spree that included bombs that ultimately didn t detonate. Cullen goes beyond detailing the planning and execution of the shootings, delving into the early lives of the killers as well. He explores the aftermath for the town of Littleton, Colorado: survivors stories, investigation into how the sheriff s department mishandled the crisis, several ongoing legal issues, exploitation of the shooting by some religious groups and sensationalists, and the school s battle to regain its identity. Cullen debunks several Columbine myths, including the goth angle and a martyrdom story of a girl who proclaimed her belief in God before she was killed. Graphic and emotionally vivid; spectacularly researched and analyzed."
LJ Reviews 2009 March #2
The tenth anniversary of the Columbine tragedy has brought several new books with new information about the school shootings. Cullen, a journalist who was there to cover the story on April 20, 1999, has been researching this event ever since and offers eyewitness testimony, survivor interviews, writings from both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and police reports. (He documents his sources at the end of his text.) Any book about this tragedy can be hard to read, and Cullen's detailed account of the gruesome killings and suicides is no exception. Cullen's style can also make the book hard going, as he skips back and forth through time and among different people involved in the event and occasionally repeats himself. In the end, however, Cullen clarifies a lot of misconceptions that evolved soon after the tragedy and provides new insights into why it occurred, which makes the book definitely worth reading despite the disjointed narrative.—Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS[Page 117]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
PW Reviews 2009 February #4
In this remarkable account of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting, journalist Cullen not only dispels several of the prevailing myths about the event but tackles the hardest question of all: why did it happen? Drawing on extensive interviews, police reports and his own reporting, Cullen meticulously pieces together what happened when 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before turning their guns on themselves. The media spin was that specific students, namely jocks, were targeted and that Dylan and Eric were members of the Trench Coat Mafia. According to Cullen, they lived apparently normal lives, but under the surface lay "an angry, erratic depressive" (Klebold) and "a sadistic psychopath" (Harris), together forming a "combustible pair." They planned the massacre for a year, outlining their intentions for massive carnage in extensive journals and video diaries. Cullen expertly balances the psychological analysis—enhanced by several of the nation's leading experts on psychopathology—with an examination of the shooting's effects on survivors, victims' families and the Columbine community. Readers will come away from Cullen's unflinching account with a deeper understanding of what drove these boys to kill, even if the answers aren't easy to stomach. (Apr. 6)[Page 44]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Thorough, thoughtful and well-researched story of the Columbine school tragedy and its aftermath. Cullen's account of the investigations into the who-what-why-how is comprehensive, as is his analysis of the falsehoods perpetuated by the media after the shootings.
We .... Are ... COLUMBINE
On April 20, 1999, I was in Omaha, NE on a business trip, working as a trainer for a financial services firm. All the Financial Advisors had TVs in their offices to watch CNBC or their financial network of choice. I can still see the office I walked into when the news of the Columbine shootings started airing. We just stood there in shock, watching it unfold. Well, watching the media''s interpretation of it. And it started registering in my brain. This school was less than a mile south of my parents'' house at the time. That April 24 would be the first of my dad''s birthdays since his death in December.And we knew our world was changed forever.But we lived in Chicago at the time, and really got very little information about this, once it was over. When we moved back to Denver 7 years ago, it wasn''t exactly something on the tips of everyone''s tongues. But we do hear about it from time to time. And I do drive by there sometimes. And the Colorado license plate with a picture of the Columbine flower on it says "Choose Life", which I see often. Anyway, I hadn''t even heard of this book until one of my friends on Goodreads reviewed it. Her comments on how well it was written + my curiosity to hear a more complete story sent me straight to the library website.Beyond that, I don''t even know how to review this other than to say that it''s *really* well written. I mean really. It was so good, and engaging, that it didn''t even feel like a "true crime" book (maybe it''s not, but I''m assuming that''s how it''s classified). I also found it interesting that it was so good when I recently read "Murder at the Brown Palace" by a newsman about a Denver event, and was really disappointed. In comparison, this was heads and shoulders above that one.It''s amazing how many things went wrong when law enforcement had never dealt with anything like this before. And it''s heartbreaking how some of the things were handled badly. It''s also really hard to wrap your brain around.This is a really, really well-done book. I''d recommend it to anyone.
A Great Read
Columbine is a very graphic and detailed account of the Columbine shooting spree in 1999. The book goes through timelines, interviews, victim stories, and the killers' diaries and videos to put together an accurate retelling. Dave Cullen creates the first full account of the events in a way that is catching and allows the reader to become completely submerged in the lives of all involved in the tragic event. From page one I was caught and could not put it down. It is a great read and I would recommend it to all.
I worked for someone whose daughter was in the library during the shooting. She had nightmares for awhile but recovered. My boss seemed to have been more impacted by this tragedy than she was. I know he was very depressed and lost interest in his business. My sons went to the high school a few miles north of there a few years earlier. I moved to Colorado from Detroit so they could go to safer schools. This incident proved to me that it’s not safe anywhere. I think Mr. Cullen did a very good job. For my tastes, I wish it was condensed a bit. But he put a lot of work into this book and I admire him for it.
An interesting and in depth analysis of arguably the most memorable school shooting in US history. Cullen traces the lives of the shooters, victims, and their families. He debunks many of the myths that surround this event, traces their orgins, and produces a well rounded history of this tragedy.
In depth and thought provoking account of the horrors of the Columbine tragedy.
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