May 20, 2009

Review #15 – Columbine – Dave Cullen

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, Review at 1:00 am by reviewsonbooks


April 20, 2009 marked the tenth year anniversary of the school shootings in Colorado in the high school of Columbine. No one alive at that time will ever forget when two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris burst into their school killing twelve students and a teacher and injuring twenty-one others before they eventually turned the guns on themselves, ending the massacre that became one of the top deadliest in our nation’s history.

Author and journalist, Dave Cullen, who is considered to be a leading authority on the Columbine school shootings, has not only written a riveting detailed account of this tragedy, but has quickly drawn the reader in by getting to the root of this evil, and attempting to answer the question in everyone’s mind, why did this happen? Cullen’s extensive research and interviews expertly describe the most convincing answer, psychopathy. Now, this may not be what our society wants to hear, especially since many believed it to be a myriad of reasons, including bullying, bad parenting or evil music and video games. However, the detailed explanations provided in this book from videos and journals created by the killers, to extensive detailed interviews of other key persons, leaves nothing else but psychopathy as the most obvious reason for committing such an atrocity against innocent students and faculty. Columbine is an intense read that is often times difficult to fathom the vivid events and heartbreaking details as a real event, but it is written so well that the information, no matter how hard it is to believe is thoroughly documented and explained.



  1. starviego said,

    You are still being lied to. Big time. If you want to find out what really happened at Columbine I suggest you read what the eyewitnesses had to say:

  2. nc said,

    Cullen’s book actually has a number of inaccuracies: Eric Harris was not popular, he was rejected from the marines, and the psychology alone does not explain the shootings. For a more accurate portrayal of Columbine and other shootings read the Jeff Kass book Columbine: A True Crime Story, a victim, the killers and the nation’s search for answers or go to

  3. Hannah said,

    This one is on my list but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

    I did however read a short article that Dylan Klebold’s mother released about the incident. It broke my heart.

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