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Contributor(s): Cullen, Dave

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ISBN: 0446546925     ISBN-13: 9780446546928
Publisher: Twelve
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2010

Annotation: Discusses the school shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, reflecting on the killers' histories and on the portrayal of the event by the media.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Columbine High School Massacre, Littleton, Colo., 1999.
School shootings; Colorado; Littleton.
BISAC Categories:
- Education | Educational Policy & Reform | School Safety & Violence
- Social Science | Violence In Society
Dewey: 373.788/8
LCCN: bl2010006971
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.50" (1.10 lbs) 443 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136676
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 20.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q57062
Reading Level: 5.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 28.0
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Contributor Bio(s):
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.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 February #4)

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. The media spin was that specific students, namely jocks, were targeted and that Dylan and Eric were members of the Trench Coat Mafia. According to Cullen, they lived apparently normal lives, but under the surface lay "an angry, erratic depressive" (Klebold) and "a sadistic psychopath" (Harris), together forming a "combustible pair." They planned the massacre for a year, outlining their intentions for massive carnage in extensive journals and video diaries. 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. (Apr. 6)

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