Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Columbine by David Cullen

Everything you know about the tragedy at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 might very well not be true. At least much of it is not, according to the new book Columbine by David Cullen. 10 years in the making, this non-fiction account written by a journalist who has been involved with the story since the very beginning, dispels many of the rumors and myths surrounding this horrible act of violence. Drawing on hundreds of personal interviews, police reports, reports in the media, and his own experience, Cullen pieces together a picture of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, that many would find contradictory to their portrayal as victims of bullying who had no friends in the media.

Were you aware that Dylan went to the prom the weekend before the killings? How about that the two had no intention of this event being a shooting spree, but instead failed at trying to bomb the school? Gripping character profiles of the shooters, the victims, and the survivors make this book non-fiction at the very best. It’s an untelling of many of the stories you’ve already heard before with a compelling insight that could only have been achieved by delving deeply into the minds of all who were involved. Enjoy true stories that read like non-fiction? You might also enjoy Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

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