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.

The two adopt wildly different strategies to outmaneuver the silent adversary, yet each rises deftly toward 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

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
Lucia Berlin: My Genius Mentor


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, on Shootings

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


Daily Beast
(Excerpt from my new Columbine epilogue)


New Republic
The Injustice Collectors


"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.)








New Edition

- Over 30 new pages, 50 since hardcover
- Now in stores, Indies, B&N, Amazon, Kindle, Nook, etc.

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

New epilogue, journals scans, diagram, teacher's guide


"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


Now 40% off at B&N and Amazon



More Relevant Than Ever

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

"This superb work of investigation looks to be a definitive account."
Columbia Journalism Review


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


"Accomplishes an astonishing number of things in compelling, articulate prose . . . Most remarkable is Cullen's ability to present an onslaught of facts while recreating such anguish and fear. Columbine is a valuable historic resource, but it roils the heart, too."
Miami Herald

All Columbine reviews



Columbine Book Trailer


Excerpt of new epilogue



"Read this book for its unflinching honesty . . . You may want to leave the horror behind you — that may be why you haven't yet picked up Columbine, journalist Dave Cullen's spectacularly gripping account. But Cullen's chilling narrative is too vital to miss."
O: The Oprah Magazine



BN for Columbine by Dave Cullen--Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Sue Klebold      Amazon      indie for Columbine by Dave Cullen--Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Sue Klebold

kindle for Columbine by Dave Cullen--Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Sue Klebold     Audio     Nook for Columbine by Dave Cullen--Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Sue Klebold


Now 40% off at B&N and Amazon



Autographed Copy
Ships worldwide

Columbine Autographed expanded edition Dave Cullen 2016, Barnes & Noble


"Like Capote's In Cold Blood, this tour de force gets below the who and what of a horrifying incident to lay bare the devastating why."
— People



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

Columbine book, gay soldiers