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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 11 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Columbine (Paperback)
The first thing Dave Cullen's book does is debunk the myths that have surrounded the Columbine shootings. No, it had nothing to do with Marilyn Manson, the so-called 'Trenchcoat Mafia' thing was irrelevant, no, these were not boys who were relentlessly bullied and just snapped.

The book is harrowing not just because of what happened but how it happened. How they planned it in much greater detail than just a shooting, how they could go to their school prom on the Saturday and carry out the massacre on a Tuesday, and how, because of their behaviour and certain incidents, it might have been stopped. The psyschological evaluation of Eric Harris, in particular, is fascinating. I won't spoil it but the book makes more sense of this tragedy than any lurid TV report or tabloid crap about goths or loners.

There's such an element of sadness too. Eric and Dylan and two young boys who probably should never have met but it's the victims and the famlies of the victims who paid for their relationship. Cullen's reportage is excellent, he's not afraid to show people as they really are. That goes for the killers and some victim's family members who he is not afraid to paint in, not so much a bad light, as their true colours.

Columbine was an event that defined an era, this is the book that defines the event. Brilliant.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2010 21:14:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Oct 2010 21:18:40 BDT
Mark53 says:
Sorry, i think this account is crap. I think the book written by their friend 'no easy answer' is probably closer to the truth and unlike David Cullen he did know them. Its ironic that Cullen's book is the only one to debunk the 'myths' as you say.Many reports confirm that Columbine had a serious problem with bullying that was brushed under the carpet by the authorities and these reports are from other students. I think Cullen's work is journalistic crap.
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