Dave Cullen, author of Columbine

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Preview Dave Cullen's upcoming book on 2 gay soldiers, 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.

They adopt wildly different strategies to outmaneuver the silent adversary, yet each rises deftly to Lt. Colonel inside the great American war machine as it rumbles through adventures in the Middle East.

Two harrowing love stories — at war.

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My Recent Writing

Dave Cullen's Vanity Fair piece on Sue Klebold on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer

Columbine Mother Sue Klebold's First TV Interview Was a Startling Look at the Parent of a Mass Shooter


Daily Beast
(Excerpt from my new epilogue to Columbine)


The Millions
A Year in Reading: Dave Cullen


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


Vanity Fair
My genius mentor: Lucia Berlin


New Republic
The Injustice Collectors


Vanity Fair

To Be a Gay Cadet at West Point These Days
Pix from my trips there


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 murderers




Earlier Writing on 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


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


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








Just released

- New Edition: Over 30 Added Pages (50 since hardcover)
- At BN.com, Amazon, most indies & all ebook formats
- Now at most bookstores — Look for new corner tab:


Columbine 2016 expanded edition cover

Buy Columbine


More Relevant Than Ever

Columbine 2016 expanded edition back cover

Excerpt of new epilogue & journal scans


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
Chicago Tribune
American School Board Journal
Miami Herald
Bookmarks Magazine
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



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


Buy Columbine   —   Autographed