No Easy Answers

No Easy Answers

The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School

Book - 2002
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Now with a new Afterword on what has happened since the book was first published

On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history.

Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebold's darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre--simply because he had been friends with the killers.

Now, for the first time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, gets to tell his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams.

Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today.

This edition contains a new afterword that describes what the two authors have experienced and learned about Columbine since the publication of the book.

Publisher: New York : Lantern Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9781590560310
1590560310
Characteristics: viii, 270 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Merritt, Rob 1976-

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Powerline_420 Jul 24, 2015

I have been interested in the Columbine High School shootings since Spring 2014, when I watched a documentary which briefly discussed them in a college class. I am by no means an expert but I am very well-read on the subject - I have read almost every major book about the subject as well as most of the police reports and the perpetrators' diaries and other writing. This is the best book about Columbine I have ever read because it's a mix of information about the shooting and the author's unique and unfortunate personal experiences of not only losing friends on both ends of the gun - he was lifelong friends with perpetrator Dylan Klebold and close friends with victim Rachel Scott - but becoming an outcast after he was falsely accused of being involved or knowing more than he did simply because he was friends with the shooters. This book was touching, fascinating, and at times, tear-jerking. I liked it better than Cullen's book because instead of molding information to his own distanced misconceptions in order to blame something as simple as mental illness, Brown uses his firsthand experience of personally knowing Klebold and Harris for years to come to the conclusion that admits that there are indeed no easy answers to the question of why Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed the unspeakable in 1999. If you're looking for a scholarly analysis and play-by-play of the shooting, you're better off reading the Jeff Kass or Ralph Larkin books; if you're looking for a memoir akin to the books published by Cassie Bernall's or Rachel Scott's family about their deceased children but without a Christian message, this is for you.

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