Newtown: An American Tragedy

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 10, 2013 - True Crime - 288 pages
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A journalist for The Daily News (New York) offers a “meticulous account of the Newtown massacre and its aftermath.…it’s been a year, and this harrowing book might be a reminder that the debate needs reviving” (Kirkus Reviews).

The world mourned the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012.

We remember the numbers: twenty children and six adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy—while the truth went missing.

Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown, an essential examination of the facts—not only of that horrific day but the perfect storm of mental instability and obsession that preceded it and, in the aftermath of unspeakable heartbreak, the controversy that continues to play out on the national stage. Drawn from previously undisclosed emails, police reports, and in-depth interviews, Newtown: An American Tragedy breaks through a miasma of misinformation to present the comprehensive story that must be told—today—if we are to prevent another American tragedy in the days to come.
 

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Unbelievably error-ridden book. I simply don't understand how something with this many direct contradictions of witness testimonies and police analysis gets published.

Contents

Last Goodbyes
1
The Winter Concert
9
Adam Lanzas First Day
17
The High School Years
40
Enter Kaynbred
55
Warning Signs
65
The Public Servants
79
Five Minutes 154 Bullets
84
House of Horrors
163
The Three Days After
173
Twentysix Funerals
180
The Trial of Nancy Lanza
203
The Perfect Storm
207
Glory Killer
228
The Newtown Effect
234
A Time to Heal
242

First Responders
114
Something Is Wrong at Sandy Hook
132
Fog of War
139
Twentysix Dead
153
Afterword
255
Acknowledgments
263
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Matthew Lysiak is a staff writer for The Daily News (New York) who has received national recognition for his exclusive reporting on the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Newtown killer Adam Lanza, the Aurora gunman James Holmes, the Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, the Fort Hood army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, and more. Lysiak currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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