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Dave Cullen

Autor(a) de Columbine

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About the Author

Dave Cullen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Columbine. He covered Parkland for Vanity Fair since the first weekend, following the Parkland kids around the country and into their rehearsals, their clandestine office, and their homes.

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Obras por Dave Cullen

Columbine (2009) 3,760 exemplares
Parkland (2019) 361 exemplares
Soldiers First 8 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Cullen, Dave
Nome legal
Cullen, David Thomas
Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Denver, Colorado, USA
Ft. Benning, Georgia, USA
Dallas, Texas, USA
Manama, Bahrain (mostrar todos 10)
Blackpool, England
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Washington, D.C., USA
University of Colorado at Boulder (MA|Creative Writing)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BS|Math & Computer Science)
Berlin, Lucia (mentor)
United States Army
Prémios e menções honrosas
GLAAD Media Award
Society of Professional Journalists Award
Betsy Lerner (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner)

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Dave Cullen is the author of Columbine, an indelible portrait of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. He is a journalist who has contributed to the New York Times, Times of London, Slate, Salon, New York Daily News, The Guardian, 5280, Pacific News Service and In These Times.

Cullen is considered a leading authority on the Columbine killers, and has also written extensively on Evangelical Christians, gays in the military, politics, and pop culture. A graduate of the MA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Cullen has won several writing awards, including a GLAAD Media Award, Society of Professional Journalism awards, the Jovanovich Imaginative Writing Award, and several Best of Salon citations. He is an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at Columbia University.

Dave grew up in Chicago, and has worked in most regions of the U.S., as well as England, Kuwait and Bahrain. He worked as a computer systems developer for EDS and a management consultant for Arthur Andersen. He served as a Private and a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He moved to Colorado in1994, and currently lives in Denver.



I think I decided to read this book because it offered an answer as to why two teenage boys decided to attack their school with guns and bombs. I know it's really not good for me to get caught up in gruesome details (Jeff said I shouldn't read it), but the why weighed on my mind, even ten years after the event. So this book came out with its haunting cover and I read it and now I do feel like I understand better why they did it.

Am I happy I read it? Not really. But it was very gripping and thorough. It debunked a lot of myths about the Columbine massacre, and was easy to understand even though it jumped around in time a lot. I wouldn't recommend it unless you're sincerely interested in tragedy and/or being depressed.… (mais)
LibrarianDest | 204 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Great book. Sad but I am glad I read it. I think this is an important book. I really goes into what is and isn't true about one of the greatest American tragedies.

I didn't think i would be able to read it all the way trough without taking a break. This wasn't true. The author lays out the scope and sequence very well. I found myself compelled to keep reading.
cdaley | 204 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |
I say this not having finished the book. It's a really well researched account, but I just couldn't keep reading about these sad, sad people. I want to finish it though, I do.
nogomu | 204 outras críticas | Oct 19, 2023 |
David Cullen’s non-fiction Columbine is something of a paragon in the true crime / non-fiction about real life tragedies world, a highly regarded example of how to write about a sensitive and terrible topic with empathy and journalistic precision. And after reading it I can well understand why, Cullen’s prose is immediate and urgent without being sensational it’s informative and meticulous without losing its narrative thread in the minutiae.

First, a note about the event itself. I took an active shooter training recently for work and the speaker told us to think back to a time before we were aware of threats like school shooters, to a time before we identified multiple exits upon entering somewhere new. For me that time never existed, or did sometime before I could remember it. I recall being in elementary school and hearing all about Columbine over and over again. I was always aware that my school could be a site of danger and devastation. This awareness only heightened over the years for obvious reasons.
But despite hearing about the event as a child and teen, I realized I knew little of the concrete facts of what happened. This struck me as odd so I read David Cullen’s book. Columbine was difficult to read; it certainly wasn’t fun or what I would call enjoyable. But the author did what he set out to do, his goal in writing, as far as I could tell, was to tell the complete story of the Columbine shooting, from planning, to the day itself, to the fallout and impact on individuals, families, and the nation. This aim was ambitious but it was (in my opinion) achieved. I wish all non-fiction titles were as comprehensive, as in depth, as this book was. The tragedy itself is given appropriate weight, but the author doesn’t neglect the aftershocks of the event, the way it changed the Columbine community and the nation, the way it has been remembered and misremembered ever since it happened. Indeed, Cullen takes care to point out numerous myths that surround the shooting, noting their origin and providing evidence debunking them. The killers idolized Marilyn Manson, their murder spree was the result of bullying, they targeted an evangelical Christian girl and murdered her when she professed her faith, all of these were things I had taken for fact but in reality are all incorrect, rumors with a long half-life.

This kind of journalistic rigor is what set this book apart for me. Far more than just a catalog of atrocities, Columbine places the events of the shooting in proper context while also making sense of the legacy this tragedy had on our country.
… (mais)
1 vote
Autolycus21 | 204 outras críticas | Oct 10, 2023 |



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