Columbine Book Report

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David Nunez
11-26-2012

Columbine Book Report
Columbine by Dave Cullen is based upon the true story of the author’s research that took ten years to find out why did Eric Harris and Dylan Kleblod decide to go on a shooting spree at the Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado on April 20, 1999, and what became of the survivors? As the author explains in his book, the two young men Eric and Dylan had a plan to blow up their school, surpass Columbine in horror, and leave a “a lasting impression on the world.’’ The bombs that they planted in the school failed, but they instead proceeded to shoot anyone on site with the heavy numbers of weapons that both shooters had. In this revelatory book, Dave Cullen produces a profile of two teen killers that are the outcome of psychopathology. He reveals two radically different killers. Eric Harris, the brutal mastermind, and Dylan Klebold, the quivering depressive who wrote in his journal obsessively about love and attended the Columbine prom three days before they opened fire on students. They were able to fool everyone they knew in such manner. The Columbine shooting unfolds in an unforgettable life story of two honor students with a healthy circle of friends and family with undetectable dark personalities. They secretly stockpiled weapons in their basements. They recorded themselves practicing shooting prior to the actual shooting in the Columbine high school. Dave Cullen with a sharp investigative eye and psychological acumen was able to find hints to their intended plans by finding warnings they left behind all around them, and with the help from hundreds of interviews, thousands of police files, testimony from world-class psychologists brought in by the FBI, and the two boy’s videos and journals. He is able to deliver the first comprehensive account of the horrific tragedy in the Columbine school shooting. The bombs that were planted in the school cafeteria were set to go off at 11:18, but...
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