Dave Cullen, author of Columbine

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Upcoming gay soldiers book, SOLDIERS FIRST

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The tumultuous story of two gay soldiers, who forge a lifelong friendship before, during, and after Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Brett and Drake battle for love and freedom to survive three wars and one exhausting policy.

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My Recent Writing

Vanity Fair
The Orlando shooter may have been gay? Gays are not surprised


Vanity Fair
Mass Murder at the gay bar: My worlds collide


Vanity Fair
A Startling Look at the Parent of a Mass Shooter (Columbine Mom Sue Klebold)

Dave Cullen's Vanity Fair piece on Sue Klebold on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer--Susan Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, A Mother's Reckoning, Tom Klebold


The Millions
A Year in Reading: Dave Cullen


Vanity Fair
My genius mentor: Lucia Berlin


Vanity Fair
To Be a Gay Cadet at West Point These Days

Vanity Fair story on gay soldiers, gay cadets at West Point--gay soldiers book


New Republic
Dispatches from Guantanamo Bay, Part 1
Dispatches from Guantanamo Bay, Part 2




TV / Radio

Links to all my appearances

How the media should cover killers




Earlier Writing on Shootings

Daily Beast
(Excerpt from my new Columbine epilogue)


New Republic
The Injustice Collectors


New Republic
A Skeptic's Guide to Media Coverage of Mass Shootings


"Disappear" the killers
(Stop naming them)


What Does a Killer Think?
(Guide to three classic types of mass murderer.)


New York Times
Don't Jump to Conclusions


LA Times
Essential reading after Newtown: Columbine
(This one is about me, not by me.)








Expanded New Edition

- Just released: Over 30 Added Pages, 50 since hardcover
- Now in stores, BN.com (40% off), Amazon, indies, Kindle, Nook, etc.


Columbine 2016 expanded edition cover, including Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold and Columbine High School massacre


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More Relevant Than Ever

Columbine 2016 expanded edition back cover--Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Sue Klebold

Excerpt of new epilogue


BN for Columbine by Dave Cullen      Amazon      indie for Columbine by Dave Cullen

kindle for Columbine by Dave Cullen      Audio     Nook for Columbine by Dave Cullen



Edgar Award
Best Nonfiction 2009

GoodReads Choice Award
Best Nonfiction 2009

Barnes & Noble Discover Award
Best Nonfiction 2009

American School Board Journal
Top Education Book 2009
Top 10 Education Books of the Decade

The Truth About The Fact Award
Best Nonfiction 2009

LA Times Book Prize
American Library Association Alex Award
Audie Award
Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award
Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Award

New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Publishers Weekly
American Library Association
Entertainment Weekly
American School Board Journal
Bookmarks Magazine
Chicago Tribune
Miami Herald
Mother Jones
Washington Post Express
National Post (Canada)
New Haven Register
Oakland East Bay Express
New West
New London's The Day
Asia Literary Review


Columbine Book Trailer


"Tackles the hardest question of all: why?

Come away from Cullen's unflinching account with a deeper understanding of what drove these boys to kill."

Publishers Weekly — starred review



Buy the new Columbine edition   —   Autographed


Free:        Columbine in schools: Teacher's Guide            Columbine Online--The online companion to COLUMBINE, a powerful research tool