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"In this remarkable account of the April 20, 1999, Columbine High School shooting, journalist Cullen not only dispels several of the prevailing myths about the event but tackles the hardest question of all: why did it happen? Drawing on extensive interviews, police reports and his own reporting, Cullen meticulously pieces together what happened when 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before turning their guns on themselves.... Cullen expertly balances the psychological analysis-enhanced by several of the nation's leading experts on psychopathology-with an examination of the shooting's effects on survivors, victims' families and the Columbine community. Readers will come away from Cullen's unflinching account with a deeper understanding of what drove these boys to kill, even if the answers aren't easy to stomach."―Publishers Weekly, Starred Reivew

"Comprehensive...It's a book that hits you like a crime scene photo, a reminder of what journalism at its best is all about. Cullen knows his material from the inside; he covered Columbine, for Salon and Slate primarily, 'beginning around noon on the day of the attack.' But if this gives him a certain purchase on the story, his perspective is what resonates."―LA Times

"Cullen's book is a nerve-wracking, methodical and panoramic account...COLUMBINE has its terrifying sections, particularly during Cullen's minute-by-minute rendering of the chaotic 49-minute assault. He puts us inside and outside the building, and he captures the disbelief viewers experienced in 'almost witnessing mass murder' live on television."―Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A chilling page-turner, a striking accomplishment given that Cullen's likely readers almost certainly know how the tragic story ends...I knew Cullen was a dogged reporter and a terrific writer, but even I was blown away by the pacing and story-telling he mastered in Columbine, a disturbing, inspiring work of art."―Salon

"Comprehensively nightmarish . . . Cullen's task is difficult not only because the events in question are almost literally unspeakable but also because even as he tells the story of a massacre that took the lives of 15 people, including the killers, he has to untell the stories that have already been told . . . Should this story be told at all? There's an element of sick, voyeuristic fascination to it--we don't need an exercise in disaster porn. But Columbine is a necessary book. . . . The actual events of April 20, 1999, are exactly as appalling as you'd expect, and Cullen doesn't spare us a second of them."―Time

"The definitive account, [of the tragedy] will likely be Dave Cullen's COLUMBINE, a nonfiction book that has the pacing of an action movie and the complexity of a Shakespearean drama . . . Cullen has a gift, if that's the right word, for excruciating detail. At times the language is so vivid you can almost smell the gunpowder and the fear."―Newsweek

"COLUMBINE is an excellent work of media criticism, showing how legends become truths through continual citation; a sensitive guide to the patterns of public grief, foreshadowing many of the reactions to Sept. 11 (lawsuits, arguments about the memorial, voyeuristic bus tours); and, at the end of the day, a fine example of old fashioned journalism . . . moving things along with agility and grace."―Jennifer Senior, The New York Times Review of Books

While the details of the day are indeed gruesome, Cullen neither embellishes nor sensationalizes. His unadorned prose and staccato sections offer welcome relief from the grisly minutiae... Cullen's honor and reporting skills propel this book beyond tabloid and into true literature."―Newsday

"A gripping study . . . To his credit, Mr. Cullen does not simply tear down Columbine's legends. He also convincingly explains what really sparked the murderous rage . . . disquieting . . . beautifully written."―The New York Observer

From the very first page, I could not put COLUMBINE Dave Cullen's searing narrative, down. Dylan ... How the killings unfolded, and why, reads like the grisliest of fiction. Would that it were not true. Grade: A"―Entertainment Weekly

"A remarkable book. It is painstakingly reported, well-organized and compellingly written . . . For any reader who wants to understand the complicated nature of evil, this book is a masterpiece."―The Seattle Times

"Leveraged for political ends by Michael Moore on film and adopted for convenience by the news media as shorthand for teenage violence, Columbine has begun to feel as impenetrable and allegorical as Greek myth. So the intensive reporting of Denver-based journalist Dave Cullen is welcome. . . Cullen creates more than a nuanced portrait of school shooters as young men. He writes a human story - a compassionate narrative of teenagers with guns (and bombs, too), and the havoc they wreak on a school, a community, and America.―Esquire

"Exhaustive and supremely level-headed . . . The ways in which the Columbine story became distorted in the retelling make for one of the most fascinating aspects of Cullen's book . . . Hopping back and forth in time, Cullen manages to tell this complicated story with remarkable clarity and coherence. As one of the first reporters on the scene in 1999, he has been studying this event firsthand for a decade, and his book exudes a sense of authority missing from much of the original media coverage. ...Cullen strikes just the right tone of tough-minded compassion, for the most part steering clear of melodrama, sermonizing and easy answers."―Gary Krist, Washington Post

COLUMBINE is a remarkable achievement. Cullen has brought illumination to a dark and difficult topic, and the result is an example of literary nonfiction at its finest: masterful, clear-eyed, bold - and unforgettable."―Charlotte Observer

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Winner of the Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime Book

New York Times: One of the 100 Notable Books of the Year

Los Angeles Times: Favorite Nonfiction of the Year

Publishers Weekly: Nonfiction Best Book of the Year

Chicago Tribune: Favorite Nonfiction of the Year Nonfiction Best Book of the Year

On April 20, 1999, two boys went to their high school with bombs and guns. Their goal was to leave "a lasting impression on the world." The horror they inflicted left an indelible stamp on the American psyche.

Now in this definitive account, Dave Cullen presents a compelling and utterly human profile of teenage killers. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes and diaries. This close-up portrait of violence, a community rendered helpless, and police blunders and cover-ups is an unforgettable cautionary tale for our time. In the tradition of Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood, COLUMBINE is a revelatory work destined to be a classic.

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Bien des livres ont déjà été écrits sur la tragédie de Columbine au cours de laquelle deux adolescents, Eric Haris et Dylan Klebold, armés de pistolets et de carabines, se livrèrent à un carnage en règle dans leur lycée en 1999. Pourquoi ce drame exerce-t-il une telle fascination dans la conscience collective américaine? s'interroge ce nouvel ouvrage. Ce "campus shooting", après tout, si affreux soit-il, n'était pas le premier du genre et d'autres fusillades sont survenues depuis, encore plus meurtrières, sans pour autant éclipser le nom de Columbine. Ce qui donne à ce massacre toute sa spécificité, c'est sans doute qu'il résulte de ce que les psychiatres anglo-saxons appellent, d'une expression bien française, la "folie à deux". En effet, qu'un adolescent perturbé "pète les plombs" et soit pris d'une crise de rage allant jusqu'au meurtre, c'est évidemment abominable mais pas inconcevable. En revanche, que deux garçons préméditent froidement et commettent de concert pareille atrocité, voilà qui nous interpelle tous. D'autant plus que Dave Cullen fait ici voler en éclats la théorie selon laquelle Harris était un véritable psychopathe et Klebold un simple teenager suicidaire et influençable qui serait tombé dans son orbite. De même qu'il réfute l'idée que les deux meurtriers se soient embarqués dans leur tuerie avec en ligne de mire des "cibles" précises.Lire la suite ›
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Excellent livre, exploration en profondeur, avec le recul nécessaire et une foule de détails qui décrivent la démarche des auteurs et celles des enquêteurs... Ainsi que l'analyse critique du comportement des médias et des commentateurs, notamment religieux qui ont offert des réponses trop rapides, trop orientées!
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Une enquête incroyable sur les mystére de columbine, tres bien ecrite et documentée. Un must read pour tous ceux qui se souviennent de cette tragédie
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Columbine 8 janvier 2017
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If you want straightforward, factual information on the murders at Columbine High School, this is the book you want to read. It presents the facts and debunks many of the myths, but it also explains where the myths and misconceptions originated from. A lot of reviewers of this book disliked the way Cullen told the story by going back and forth between the day of the killings and the events leading up to April 20, 1999, but I thought it was a unique way to present the information. A lot of books written about events such as this tend to lead with all the background information and it can cause the reader to get bored. By weaving the background within the story of the killings, it kept me engaged in the story. This book also tackled the Cassie Bernall/Valeen Schnurr mix-up in a way that clarifies what happened without degrading Cassie Bernall, her family or those who still consider Cassie Bernall a martyr. This book also devotes a lot of effort into understanding the thought processes of both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Many other accounts I've read simply label Harris as a psychopath and Klebold as a "follower" or "sidekick" This book has more insight on Harris and Klebold than any other account I've read. It also explores the law enforcement cover-up of their knowledge about Eric Harris's bomb experimentation and his history of violent threats. A must-read for anyone looking to know the truth about what happened and to understand what can be done to prevent these attacks in the future.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Groundbreaking 27 octobre 2016
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Incredibly thorough investigation of the Columbine High School massacre and factors surrounding it on all sides. Dave Cullen does a phenomenal job at deconstructing the inaccurate narrative that most of us still hold about the event, and provides a platform for the victims' stories to be heard as well. We need critical, thoughtful explorations like this book if we are to truly learn from horrific events like Columbine.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The BEST research on this subject ever done... 10 février 2017
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A good read for those trying to understand what happened. It is VERY WELL researched and gives insight into the boys' parents, for whom I feel nothing but deep sorrow. Psychopaths are difficult for even professionals to recognize, let alone the poor parent dealing with one. Most people will have difficulty understanding a true psychopath unless they have actually dealt with one personally, and so tend to think poor parenting was involved, instead of realizing these children are just wired wrong from the get-go. It would be a wonderful day if/when the DSM finally recognized these people are mentally ill, which it currently doesn't. There's really no treatment that works for a psychopath, and yet they are not considered insane. Really, our definition of "sanity" should be redefined, enabling the healing arts to properly label these people and give the legal system a way to deal with them: Incarcerate them for life in order to protect the rest of us who are being victimized.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dave Cullen: Myth Buster 29 juin 2016
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I read a lot of true crime, but usually, I prefer books about serial killers. After all, as John Douglas has opined, quite a bit is actually known about serial killers, as many of them that are captured come out alive, and many of those are willing to talk. In comparison, it is not uncommon for mass murderers (MMs) and spree killers to "go out in flames," and so it is difficult to interview these types after their crimes. After all, dead men tell no tales.

Well, this is usually the case, but not exactly so here. "Luckily" -- if this is the correct word -- in this case, both of the killers kept diaries and video evidence that was recovered after the massacre. So in comparison with other MMs, quite a bit is known about Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the perpetrators of the violence. Recently, I watched a documentary entitled "The Columbine Massacre: Inside the Killer's Mind" (which should have been "killers'" instead perhaps, since there were two of them), and I actually liked it more than most reviewers on this site. Many people complained about the accent of the narrator, which I found to be a little bit silly; after all, I don't believe he is American so you would expect an accent. But if you watch that documentary, you will learn quite a bit about the killers, mostly from interviews with acquaintances of the killers and "found footage."

And of course, you'll learn even more if you read "Columbine," and I highly recommend that you do. Oddly, I laughed in quite a few places, as the author -- Dave Cullen -- smartly uses the killers' own words against them at different points in the book, in a satirical kind of way. I think that this really works. Furthermore, Mr. Cullen wisely chose against a strictly linear narrative; this book would've been incredibly boring if it were told in a sequential format. Instead, we bounce back and forth between timeframes, and characters, and it keeps the book interesting and fresh. (Usually, I prefer mostly a linear narrative, but it just wouldn't have worked in this case.) Also, Mr. Cullen, even though I believe that he has worked as a journalist in a "past life," is not afraid to rip on journalists in general and their "craft," as it seems that he believes many of them do more harm than good. Finally, instead of taking the easy way out, Mr. Cullen is not afraid to attack many of the myths of Columbine and show that many of those myths are just plain wrong. Let's just call him a "Myth Buster."

Well, after finishing "Columbine," I returned to my favorite crime sub-genre and am currently reading "Hunting a Psychopath: The East Area Rapist / Original Night Stalker Investigation - The Original Investigator Speaks Out" which is probably an overly-lengthy title. But I decided to read that because I not only wanted to read another serial killer book, but the FBI is giving another push to solve that case as I write -- they just released information in hopes that someone's memory might be jogged. It is interesting, however, that the EAR/ONS has never been caught, so we still don't know much more about him that most MMs. But if you're into true crime, and you're looking to take a little break from serial killers, I'll go with a pretty strong recommendation on "Columbine."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 life-changing 14 juillet 2015
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awesome book, GREAT condition. IMO, Everybody needs to read this. I am not even kidding. The issues that this book address's transcend the events (and immediate reactions) of columbine. This cleanly conveys examples of how the news media and other entities influence and control our opinions, and perceptions.

This book paints a brilliant retrospective picture of what actually happened, who the people involved really *were*, and dispels many rumors. It is safe to say that this book changed my outlook on many things. so i guess this inexpensive, impulsive purchase has changed my life.

6/5 stars
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