Once again, I'm focusing on a book that I actually bought instead of things that I recieved from contests or reviews. I did receive a few other things, but I figure you'll hear about them soon enough and I want to spread the word about some other items, and show that I do try and buy books and support!
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Book Jacket Summary: On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma City-style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence-irrevocably branding every subsequent shooting "another Columbine."
When we think of Columbine, we think of the Trench Coat Mafia; we think of Cassie Bernall, the girl we thought professed her faith before she was shot; and we think of the boy pulling himself out of a school window-the whole world was watching him. Now, in a riveting piece of journalism nearly ten years in the making, comes the story none of us knew. In this revelatory book, Dave Cullen has delivered a profile of teenage killers that goes to the heart of psychopathology. He lays bare the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to the prom three days earlier and obsessed about love in his journal.
The result is an astonishing account of two good students with lots of friends, who were secretly stockpiling a basement cache of weapons, recording their raging hatred, and manipulating every adult who got in their way. They left signs everywhere, described by Cullen with a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, thousands of pages of police files, FBI psychologists, and the boys' tapes and diaries, he gives the first complete account of the Columbine tragedy.
In the tradition of Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood, Columbine is destined to be a classic. A close-up portrait of violence, a community rendered helpless, and police blunders and cover-ups, it is a compelling and utterly human portrait of two killers-an unforgettable cautionary tale for our time.
Why I Bought It:
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to buy it. I tried to get it at Barnes n Noble, but it sold fast and they didn't have any copies left in stores. My sister pointed it out the other day at Borders though so I had to get it. I'm very interested in school shootings, especially Columbine, and this book seems like a great and informative read on the subject.
What do you all think though? Are you interested in this topic as well? Would you read the book? I'll definitely review this as soon as I find time to read and simply finish it...it's a bit long and books I buy myself are always pushed back because I try and focus on books sent to me first, as I figure it's the least I can do...and the normally end up waiting sometimes anyway (though I do apologize). Anyway, back to Columbine. I was telling my sister after I got the book that it's so crazy that a simple title like "Columbine" and only the picture of the school on the cover can sell a book, but it did. No surprise.