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  • Copyright: 3/3/2010
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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Columbine is the award-winning non-fiction bestseller written by Dave Cullen. It is a comprehensive examination of the Columbine High School massacre. The book covers two major storylines: the killers' evolution leading up to the attack, and the survivors' struggles with aftermath over the next ten years. Chapters alternate between the two stories. Graphic depictions of parts of the attack are also included, plus actual names of friends and family were used as well.

Columbine has two main stories, told in alternating chapters: the 'before' story of the killers' evolution toward murder, and the 'after' story of the survivors.

The 'before' story focuses primarily on the killers' high school years. According to the experts cited here, Eric Harris was a textbook psychopath, and Dylan Klebold was an angry depressive.

The 'after' chapters are composed of eight major substories, focused on individuals who played a key role in the aftermath, including Principal Frank DeAngelis, alleged Christian martyr Cassie Bernall (another myth, according to the book), "the boy in the window" Patrick Ireland, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dwayne Fuselier, the families of victim Danny Rohrbough and heroic teacher Dave Sanders, who died saving students from the gunmen. The Evangelical Christian community's feverish response is also chronicled.

Columbine begins four days before the massacre, at a school assembly hosted by Principal DeAngelis just before Prom weekend. Scenes from the massacre are depicted graphically in the early chapters, and later through flashbacks.

Author Biography

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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Touching, honest, brutal and important textbook March 29, 2011
This is a masterpiece textbook of investigative journalism which clarifies so much about this horrific episode. Some reviewers believe Mr. Cullen has a negative bias towards some religious fundamentalist sects, but I would disagree. He convincingly demonstrates how greed or myth can trump reality. The stubborn insistence by a few churches to cling to the Cassie Bernall myth is symptomatic of religious fervor and not the truth. Also, the religious component is only a smidgen of what is inside the author's recreation, the shipping service was very fast and textbook arrived in a good condition, thanks to ecampus.
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