Columbine by Dave Cullen


By Dave Cullen

  • Release Date: 2009-04-06
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
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"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . " So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders." It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year.

What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong. It wasn't about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world's leading forensic psychologists, and the killers' own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.


  • Wow

    By Palycoche white
    Excellent book! Sometimes very drawn out but otherwise excellent information.
  • Repetitious

    By dpbe
    This book could have been considerably shorter. There was a lot of repetition of facts and events that could have been condensed into a shorter account. The book is basically a factual account of events at Columbine between the event and today. I was hoping for more discussion on the mindset of Eric and Dylan.