No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine

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Lantern Books, 2002 - Education - 270 pages
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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history.

Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebolds darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre simply because he had been friends with the killers.

Now, for the first time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, gets to tell his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams.

Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today.

Brooks Brown graduated from Columbine High School in 1999; this is his first book. Most recently, Brooks worked and consulted on Michael Moores latest documentary called Bowling for Columbine. He lives in Littleton, Colorado. Rob Merritt graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1998 and currently works as a newspaper writer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

 

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This is incredibly interesting to hear the story from the perspective of a friend of one of the shooters. I've been moved to tears and I've learned to appreciate everyday that I can come to school and see my friends. This is probably going to be the book that I would want others to read the most.

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Ok here it is. I just finished reading the book. I thought it was well written and had more insight then any of the other books out there. Who would know better than a friend of theirs and that went to the same school .With the other interviews on how these kids were targets. There is big difference of just being bullied and being a target. A target is someone that on a daily bases was push and shoved humiliated. Now I see why it was the whole school not just the jocks, the on lookers that laughed were just as bad. Not that I condone what they did at ALL. I get it through. I read a book by a writer named Dave Cullen “Columbine”. I couldn’t understand how Eric went from being this Casanova in his book. When other students had a different story . Then footage was release of a slight part of the bulling they took at lunch. I don’t recommend Dave Cullen’s book. The reports he gave were found out to be lies and sloppy. Brooks’s book told some of the story. The rest we will never know. Having journals they only wanted you to see doesn’t help much. It took a lot of courage to write this book .  

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Contents

get out of here
1
why?
15
normandy
23
video games
35
freshmen at columbine
45
troubles
59
broken glass
73
the web pages
83
rachel
147
no answers
157
I stand accused
169
the families
187
the videotapes
195
anniversary
209
the truth comes out
219
final hope
225

suburban life
97
friendship renewed
105
the calm before the storm
115
AFTERMATH
127
the nightmare begins
129
hollow victory
241
little brother
251
where do we go?
265
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Brooks Brown graduated from Columbine High School in 1999; this is his first book. Brooks worked and consulted on Michael Moores Academy Award-winning documentary Bowling for Columbine and is currently working on a documentary of his own. He lives in Littleton, Colorado.

Rob Merritt graduated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism in 1998 and currently works as a newspaper writer in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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