On April 20, 1999, two boys left an indelible stamp on the American psyche. Their goal was simple: to blow up their school, Oklahoma-City style, and to leave "a lasting impression on the world." Their bombs failed, but the ensuing shooting defined a new era of school violence-irrevocably branding every subsequent shooting "another Columbine." When we think of Columbine, we think of the Trench Coat Mafia; we think of Cassie Bernall, the girl we thought professed her faith before she was shot; and we think of the boy pulling himself out of a school window -- the whole world was watching him…
Amazon.com page for the book by author/journalist Dave Cullen that explores the subtle truths and debunks the many myths that popped up in the early hours of the tragedy, some of which persist to this day. Cullen's award-winning reporting for Salon.com, the New York Times, and other outlets forms the basis for his book, the final word on Columbine.