Columbine by Dave Cullen
Published by Twelve
Source: Public Library
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Columbine -- it used to represent a lovely blue flower that grows in the West. Sadly, it now has a different, much darker legacy of terrified students and of a pair of killers who did away with themselves before they could answer any of our questions. Columbine has also come to stand for a flawed response by the authorities, and has spurred a whole new protocol for combating school violence. But what do we really know about what happened?
Way too little, according to Cullen, whose thrilling book was ten years in the making. And he should know. Cullen was on the scene from day one, and in the years since, has pored over hundreds of interviews, read 25,000 pages of evidence, and reviewed countless hours of video and audiotape. As a result, he's uniquely qualified to dispel many rumors that were reported as fact, and to offer a new explanation behind Harris and Klebold's deadly rampage.
Were the two boys outcasts or Goths? Did they really target jocks or Christians? How much planning did they do, and did anyone help? Was the same motivation driving both of them? Cullen brings to light new truths central to the attacks in a book that should be required reading for anyone who wants to make sure no other high school suffers the fate of the one in Littleton, Colorado. - via GoodReads
I was recently over at On a Book Bender and came across Beth’s review of Columbine by Dave Cullen. I immediately set aside the other books I was reading and borrowed this one from the library.
I was a 14 year old eighth grader on April 20, 1999. I grew up in a small town and was so naïve it’s almost embarrassing. I recall being very confused over the Columbine tragedy. I knew it was bad but couldn’t understand why. Little did I know that I wasn’t alone with that struggle.
I picked up Columbine to learn now what I couldn’t understand then. Dave Cullen does an excellent job of compiling all of the information available. His notes and sources are well documented. I learned quite a bit and some of my information was corrected. I was horrified to learn that Eric and Dylan had wanted so much worse to happen. I also learned that the FBI Crisis Negotiator for Waco and the Oklahoma City Bombin had a child in Columbine High School during the shooting.
I can’t recommend this book enough for people who want to know more about what happened before, during, and after the tragedy at Columbine High School. I had a hard time putting it down. I think it’s important to know about the events from our past and learn what we can.