The Book Shelf: Columbine

Dave Cullen

Synopsis: This is a non-fiction account of the Massacre at Columbine High School back in 1999. Much of the content discusses the lives and mindsets of the two killers. It also discusses the actual event, the media coverage, the myths surrounding the event, and the aftermath and impact on American youth culture.

My Opinion: I was a sophomore in high school when the Columbine shootings took place so I think it affected me more than it may have otherwise. I remember hearing things about trench coats and Marilyn Manson, about Christian martyrs and the dangerous repercussions of bullying. I remember bomb threats and metal detectors at school, so I would say that the events discussed in this book were relatively important to me. Mr. Cullen does an excellent job cracking open a story that was terribly mistreated in the media. He exposes several very erroneous headlines that came out of the event, and he tries to understand why it happened. Who were these guys and why did they do this? Surprisingly it is not very hard to track down information on the killers with them having posted about it on their website, writing journals about it, and shooting video footage right up to the morning of the massacre. What did the police do with this information? What did the media do with it? What did the church do with it? Mr. Cullen talks about all that stuff, and the reality of it all may be very difficult to take. I know it was for me.

FYI: 2009 winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Fact Crime

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