Dave Cullen, author of Columbine

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The tumultuous story of two closeted gay soldiers, whose quest for love and freedom paralleled the torment of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

A love story and a soldier's story — at war.

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Recent Writing

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

Daily Beast
Why Are Some Evangelicals So Angry?

New Republic
Why Does the Columbine Myth About "Martyr" Cassie Bernall Persist?

Vanity Fair
My genius mentor: Lucia Berlin

New Republic
The Injustice Collectors

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

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



Earlier, On Shootings

How the media should cover murderers
(All my appearances)

"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







Columbine, the book

GoodReads Choice Award
Best Nonfiction Book 2009

Edgar Award
Best Fact Crime Book 2009

Barnes & Noble Discover Award
Best Nonfiction Book 2009

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

The Truth About The Fact Award
Best Nonfiction Book 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
Chicago Tribune
American School Board Journal
Miami Herald
Bookmarks Magazine (UK)
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


"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


My Columbine intro video:



"Haunted by Columbine"2015 video by RetroReport and New York Times (I appear throughout):


Buy Columbine   —   Autographed


Free:            Using Columbine in schools: including Instructor Guide            Columbine Online--The online companion to COLUMBINE, and a powerful research tool