Friday, November 11, 2011
Audio Book of the Week - Columbine by Dave Cullen
Columbine by Dave Cullen
read by Don Leslie
Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.
Ten years in the works, Columbine is a masterpiece of reportage, from the acclaimed journalist who followed the massacre from day one and reconstructed the psychological journey of two teenage boys who became killers.
©2009 Dave Cullen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc
My Take: I have always wanted to know what makes people do things. This book takes a look at the events that lead up to the Columbine Shooting and the aftermath for the families, victims and the families of the boys who did the shooting. It takes a look at the coverup that the police tried to do so that it wasn't brought to light that the boys had fallen through the cracks. Dave Cullen doesn't point fingers at anyone but just gives a straight forward accounting of the facts. Although I know that it is easy to blame the parents in these types of situations I believe, as is the case in so many things, alot of little things lead up to these tragic events.
The presentation of telling the story in alternating chapters about the boys, the shooting and after was a bit confusing at first in audio but after the first couple of chapters it became easier to follow.
I would recommend this book if you are interested in true crime. A compelling listen.