On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence-irrevocably... read more
Widely recognized as the definitive account of the tragedy at Columbine High: killers, motives, survivors and the attack itself. It became a break-out New York Times bestseller and won a slew of year-end honors, including inclusion on 22 Best of 2009 lists. It won the Edgar Award in the same... read more
Widely recognized as the definitive account of the tragedy at Columbine High: killers, motives, survivors and the attack itself. It became a break-out New York Times bestseller and won a slew of year-end honors, including inclusion on 22 Best of 2009 lists. It won the Edgar Award in the same category it was awarded to In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter. Many reviews compared it to those works.
The book by award-winning journalist Dave Cullen portrays the gradual evolution of two very different boys toward murder. It explains how Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed thirteen fellow students and themselves for very different reasons.
The book puts equal weight on a select group of victims and survivors, illustrating how they responded to the tragedy in very different ways. Many overcame tremendous obstacles and made miraculous recoveries.
A brief, but intense account of how the attack unfolded is also included.
“A squirrel will exhibit frustration if you tease it by offering a peanut, then repeatedly snatching it back”
“Even an earthworm will recoil if you poke it with a stick”
“Psychopaths do not feel much, but when they lose patience with inferiors, they can really let it rip”
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”Highlighted by 171 Kindle customers
Eric killed for two reasons: to demonstrate his superiority and to enjoy it.Highlighted by 115 Kindle customers
Psychopaths are distinguished by two characteristics. The first is a ruthless disregard for others: they will defraud, maim, or kill for the most trivial personal gain. The second is an astonishing gift for disguising the first. It’s the deception that makes them so dangerous. You never see him coming. (It’s usually a him—more than 80 percent are male.) Don’t look for the oddball creeping you out. Psychopaths don’t act like Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates. They come off like Hugh Grant, in his most adorable role.Highlighted by 106 Kindle customers
Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle had played out in full force: by observing an entity, you alter it.Highlighted by 105 Kindle customers
The fundamental nature of a psychopath is a failure to feel. A psychopath’s grasp of fear and suffering is particularly weak.Highlighted by 90 Kindle customers
Shame did not register; neither did fear. Psychopaths are not individuals losing touch with those emotions. They never developed them from the start.Highlighted by 86 Kindle customers
The FBI compiled a specific list of warning signs, including symptoms of both psychopathy and depression: manipulation, intolerance, superiority, narcissism, alienation, rigidity, lethargy, dehumanization of others, and externalizing blame.Highlighted by 86 Kindle customers
Hare created a separate screening device for juveniles and identified hallmarks that appear during the school years: gratuitous lying, indifference to the pain of others, defiance of authority figures, unresponsiveness to reprimands or threatened punishment, petty theft, persistent aggression, cutting classes and breaking curfew, cruelty to animals, early experimentation with sex, and vandalism and setting fires.Highlighted by 76 Kindle customers
So what should adults look for? First and foremost, advance confessions: 81 percent of shooters had confided their intentions. More than half told at least two people. Most threats are idle, though; the key is specificity. Vague, implied, and implausible threats are low-risk. The danger skyrockets when threats are direct and specific, identify a motive, and indicate work performed to carry it out. Melodramatic outbursts do not increase the risk.Highlighted by 73 Kindle customers
It wasn’t until the 1970s that Robert Hare isolated twenty characteristics of the condition and created the Psychopathy Checklist, the basis for virtually all contemporary research. He also wrote the definitive book on the malady, Without Conscience.Highlighted by 52 Kindle customers
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