Columbine High School shooting archive - On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold took the lives of 13 victims and their own lives


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Since the shootings many books have been written about Columbine from several different angles and by lots of different people. Some authors have tackled the broader topic of school violence in general. Below are listed several of the books that have come out over the years. This list isn't all-inclusive and wasn't intended to be as there are new books about the subject cropping up all the time. Occasionally I update the list when I find something note-worthy but if there's a book not on this list, it's not meant as a slight to the author.

Written by survivors
I Asked, God Answered by Columbine survivor Mark Taylor I Asked, God Answered: A Columbine Miracle is a book written by injured survivor Mark Taylor. In it he describes how his horrific experience being shot at Columbine brought him closer to God. He also talks about the film he appeared in, Bowling for Columbine, and how he felt duped by the director. It is a very affordable book. The proceeds from a purchase of a new book will go to Mark and his mother to help cover the cost of treatment for his recurring post-traumatic anxiety issues.
Surviving Columbine: How Faith Helps Us Find Peace When Tragedy Strikes by Liz Carlston Surviving Columbine: How Faith Helps Us Find Peace When Tragedy Strikes was written by Liz Carlston, who was a junior at Columbine High School and in class the morning of the fatal shootings. She was evacuated early but has a lot to tell about what it was like to live through that horrific day. Fellow Columbine classmates and friends of Liz's, Amber Huntington and Michael Johnson, both were at Columbine that day as well and share their experiences through Liz Carlston's book. Also details how all three were doing 5 years after the attack.

Written by friends and families of victims
No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine was written by Brooks Brown, friend of both shooters and the boy that Eric Harris told to "Go home" right before the shootings began. Brooks knew Dylan Klebold from early on and this book provides a glimpse at Dylan's life as a child and the young man he was before becoming a killer. Also has interesting information about what Brooks has done since the shootings and how the tragic event affected him.

If you look at the comments on this book's Amazon page (click the image) you'll see some of what Randy Brown, Brooks' father, has to say about the book and about Columbine.
Walking in Daniel's Shoes is written by Daniel's father, Tom Mauser, who actually walked in his son's sneakers while he traveled around, sharing his experiences. The book details how he became a gun control advocate in the wake of the shootings, how his family adopted a daughter from China and what happened when Tom finally met with the families of the two gunmen who killed his son.
She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall by Misty Bernall She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall is written by Misty Bernall, mother of slain victim Cassie Bernall. The book was written back before the Columbine Report was released, when it was widely believed that Cassie was "the girl who said 'yes'". In years since it's been clarified that Cassie never said those words but her mother, who has accepted this, stands by her book as an inspirational tale. In an interview post-Report, Misty told the press that it didn't matter who had said "yes" if it helped even one person feel better.

Who really did said yes? According to witnesses and the Columbine Report, victim Valeen Schnurr.
Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott Rachel's Tears: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott is a book written by Rachel Scott's mom, Beth Nimmo, and her father, Darrell Scott. In it they talk about Rachel's life and how it - and her death - impacted the people who loved her. It's a spiritual book that contains excerpts from Rachel's diary and artwork she drew before her untimely death.

The Journals Of Rachel Scott A Journey Of Faith At Columbine High The Journals Of Rachel Scott A Journey Of Faith At Columbine High is a book by Rachel Scott's mother, Beth Nimmo, adapted from Rachel's writings to emphasize the teen's relationship with God and her commitment to the Christian way of life. Includes space for the reader to journal their own thoughts and feelings inspired by writing prompts. Written in a first-person writer-to-reader format that invites teens to consider important issues that affect their daily lives.
Chain Reaction: A Call To Compassionate Revolution by Darrell Scott
Chain Reaction A Call To Compassionate Revolution is written by Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Scott. In it he describes how his daughter and shooter Eric Harris both wanted to start a "chain reaction". Darrell Scott uses the book as a platform to discuss "Rachel's Challenge" - a posthumous call to all teens to try and make a difference in the world today.

Written by others
Columbine by Dave Cullen Columbine, written by Dave Cullen, who wrote for Salon.com when the Columbine shootings happened. He wrote several news articles about the event and aftermath. The book contains some inaccuracies but is well-intentioned and does contain plenty of useful information in it. The book made the best-seller list and even caught Oprah's attention.

Some of the families of Columbine have expressed frustration with the book: Randy Brown and Beth Nimmo have publicly wondered why they weren't contacted by the author before publication, for accuracy. Tom Mauser, father of victim Daniel Mauser, corrected some errors via Salon.com.
Columbine: A True Crime Story, written by Jeff Kass, a former reporter for Rocky Mountain News. This book takes 15 years of research into the Columbine tragedy and explores violence, racism, parenting and other subjects that tie into what happened at the school on that tragic day.
After Columbine, A Schoolplace Violence Prevention Manual...Written by an Expert Who Was There After Columbine, A Schoolplace Violence Prevention Manual...Written by an Expert Who Was There was written by police psychologist Kelly Zinna. It is intended to give school administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists, and parents a tool to understanding school violence and nipping it in the bud before get grows to Columbine proportions. Provides training materials and guidance to those wanting to form threat management and violence assessment teams.
Michael W. Smith - This Is Your Time This Is Your Time: Make Every Moment Count, written by composer Michael W. Smith, wears the same name as the title song from a CD of his. The book tells how the composer wrote the song which was dedicated to the lives lost at Columbine.
Ceremonial Violence: Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings Ceremonial Violence: Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings was written by Johnathan Fast, PhD. A study of school shootings from 1979 to 1999, the book focuses primarily on 5 of 13 incidents, including the shootings at Columbine High School. Examines potential emotional and situational links between the different teens who committed the crimes. Fast, in his writing, puts school shootings on par with "suicide bombings, workplace shootings, and terrorist attacks." The book contains blunt descriptions of the various acts of violence: Sensitive readers beware.