For this throwback Thursday, I’m picking a memorable book that starts with the letter ‘C’.
I’m picking Columbine by Dave Cullen for this week’s throwback Thursday. I remember when the Columbine tragedy happened. It was devastating. The loss of life and the senseless violence was hard to process. School shootings, unfortunately, are no longer a novel thing. Reading this book was a firm reminder that as a society, we can do better. We can do better with gun control, and we can do better with how we treat mental illnesses. As a whole, we can be kinder, gentler, and nicer to each other.
Have you read it? What’d you think?
Description (From Goodreads): “The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror . . . ” So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of “spectacle murders.” It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year.
What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we “know” is wrong. It wasn’t about jocks, Goths, or the Trench Coat Mafia. Dave Cullen was one of the first reporters on scene, and spent ten years on this book-widely recognized as the definitive account. With a keen investigative eye and psychological acumen, he draws on mountains of evidence, insight from the world’s leading forensic psychologists, and the killers’ own words and drawings-several reproduced in a new appendix. Cullen paints raw portraits of two polar opposite killers. They contrast starkly with the flashes of resilience and redemption among the survivors.