2012: 24. Columbine

"He told he loved them.  Each and every one of them."

Columbine, Dave Cullen

       This is a phenomenal read.  Cullen, who I believe was a reporter in Colorado when the massacre happen, spent ten years researching what really happened at Columbine, and had written a clear and compelling account of the crime.  And I get that you might not want to read a story that tells about how children were horribly killed in high school - but the book isn't just about the horrible event itsself, but also about the aftermath, and the ways in which the media created a story of "Columbine" that had very little to do with the reality of what happened.  There was no "Trenchcoat Mafia" - there was no bullied kids who snapped and turned on popular kids.  There was only two deeply disturbed young men, at least one of which had done things before that, had people (including the police) been on the ball - they might not have been able to get away with what they did.  I literally could not put the book down - particularly the part about the killers, at least one of whom was a straight up psychopath (or as least as best as they can tell, given that he too is dead).  It's gruesome, of course, but the question of what made them do what they did - the notion that their parents had no idea (although at least one set, the ones who have never spoken to the press should have known that their son wasn't ok, if not the scope of his "problem"), is such a terrifying concept, and one that Cullen explores in a thoughtful way.  The book isn't exploitative in an way, rather it's a clear, well-written story of a sad chapter in recent American history.  I can't recommend it more.

Categories:  Non-Fiction, Library Book

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