On Sale: April 6, 2009
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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
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 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 came to stockpile a basement cache
of weapons, to record their raging hatred, and to manipulate
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 boy's 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 hatred, a community rendered helpless, and the police
blunders and cover-ups, it is a compelling and utterly human
portrait of two killers-an unforgettable cautionary tale for
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