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Columbine by Dave Cullen
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Apr 29, 2010

it was amazing
Read from April 25 to 29, 2010

On Monday I spent 6 hours reading this book it was so utterly absorbing, terrifying, thoughtful and compassionate. I am amazed by the breadth and depth of Cullen's research, and the facility with which he organized and presented it to the reader. The content is obviously daunting and difficult, but Cullen manages to show not only the what and where and who and how of the event, but the why--or, almost the why. Can such an act ever, really, be comprehensible? Cullen got as close as answering that as anyone will, I think.

I felt such an incredible closeness to the people in this book, and I marveled at Cullen's compassion for everyone involved and affected by this tragedy: the victims, their families, the parents of the killers, the police force, the high school students past, present and future, and the county as a whole. I really understood, with this book, how a single day can reverberate and change the lives of so many people.

My measly review isn't doing this book justice.

God, I just want to buy Dave Cullen a drink and thank him for this incredible book.
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04/26 page 125
29.98% "I have been reading this all morning instead of writing, teaching, transcribing and cleaning." 1 comment
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message 1: by Helena (new)

Helena Corder Okay, Edan. A Fortunage Age is already one of my favorite books. I mean Beth...

And I just got through the part where (I silently screamed along with) Emily screaming that she just wants a normal life. Now I'm trying to resist reading it because I'm in my office, and I'm afraid that a student will catch me crying over it. Thank you so much for posting it.

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