Columbine by Dave Cullen
Updated: Apr 10
AUTHOR: Dave Cullen
PUBLISHER: Hachette Publishing Group
YR PUBLISHED: 2009
SUMMARY: “What really happened on April 20,1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we ‘know’ is wrong. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, Cullen draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words to paint a raw portrait of the killers and the starkly different resilience and redemption among the survivors.” (Adapted from Goodreads)
REVIEW: WOW… The end.
Hah! Just kidding… BUT REALLY: “WOW” is the most accurate descriptor for this book. I have seen this cover floating around Instagram and have wanted to pick it up for a while — as Columbine is seared into my childhood memory — but I did NOT expect it to be this riveting.
Flipping back and forth in a unique chronological way: between the chronological hours of April 20, 1999 and then the chronological hours of all that came after/ all that came before, this book was utterly compulsive.
★ Dave Cullen is a journalist but writes with the air of prolific author, crafting a haunting and theatrical mystery. While he does tend toward the embellished at times, his work is primarily unbiased and this book is one I won’t ever forget.★
Overall, a book I would ABSOLUTELY recommend if you feel you are in the right emotional cavity to handle the content within.
SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: School shooting, sudden tragic loss, suicide, & explicit language.
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