Columbine

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Grand Central Publishing, Apr 6, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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EXPANDED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE

"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.
 

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The author has created a thoughtful, detailed account of what happened. It includes a deep look at the lives of some of the people involved. He comes up with some important conclusions about school ... Read full review

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For a book that essentially covers only one event, albeit, a significant one, it is a remarkably interesting and involved work. The reporting is simply outstanding. The author goes so far beyond the ... Read full review

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Contents

Black
Media Crime
The Missions
Telling Us
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL
The Seeker
Jesus Jesus Jesus
Goodbye

Church on Fire
Maximum Human Density
Dads
Judgment
Female Down
The Perimeter
1 Bleeding to Death
Hostage Standoff
First Assumption
The Boy in the Window
The Sheriff
Last
Vacuuming
AFTER AND BEFORE
Vacant
First Memories
Rush to Closure
Gifted
Hour of Need
Threesome
Help Is on the
PicturePerfect Marsupials
Arrest
Conspiracy
Betrayed
Martyr
The Book of
Diversion
Who Owns the Tragedy
Aftershocks
Lawsuits
Ready to Be Done
The Basement Tapes
Two Hurdles
At the Broken Places
Apocalyptic Dreams
Acknowledgments
Reading Group Guide
Bibliography
Notes
Newsletters

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Dave Cullen is a journalist and author who has contributed to Slate, Salon, and the New York Times. He is considered the nation's foremost authority on the Columbine killers, and has also written extensively on Evangelical Christians, gays in the military, politics, and pop culture. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Boulder, Cullen has won several writing awards, including a GLAAD Media Award, Society of Professional Journalism awards, and several Best of Salon citations.

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