No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School [NOOK Book]

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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history. Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebold's darkest fantasies and most troubling...
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On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history. Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebold's darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations. After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre-simply because he had been friends with the killers. Now, for the first time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, gets to tell his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams. Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today. This edition contains a new afterword that describes what the two authors have experienced and learned about Columbine since the publication of the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590563243
  • Publisher: Lantern
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 91,658
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    Always be wary of books that get 5 stars, yet all the reviewers are written by "anonymous" and have no other reviews

    Where Brooks Brown does have some merit, he can tell a story that no else can from his viewpoint, he misses some very key information. Dave Cullen's book "Columbine" does a much better job giving us the full scale of details and 10 years of research to back it up. I would have given the book 2.5 stars but since I think it was only rated by his family I'm trying to 'even it out' a little.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Paints the story of high school enviroment

    Brings back memories of high school that i remember. Although i did not attend colmbine my denver high school had a simmilar mentality. I have read several books about columbine this one is good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Do not waste money on this book.

    There was nothing in this book that was new information. Mr. Brooks did go through a traumatic experience but the information in this book is just repeated chapter after chapter. I was hoping to get more out of this book but I was left diappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Gave me chills.

    This book provides invaluable insight into the lives and events surrounding the Columbine massacre.

    Brooks Brown not only paints a fascinating picture of April 20, 1999, but also of the lives of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold; the social culture that bred two killers and countless other victims; and an in-depth theoretical analysis of how the system failed everyone: before, on the day of, and after the massacre.

    Brown's words are filled with the insight and poise of a timeless novel whose engaging intellectual essence brought me to my knees.

    I went into reading this book with an open mind and welcoming heart for whatever I would learn. I found that my interest in the event and my raw compassion for any and all who were directly affected grew exponentially. Through the perspective of some of the strongest individuals I can imagine, including the author himself, I was shown a new way of existence: how to live a life of harmony in a world of unpredictable chaos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

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    An incredible first source account of the events that happened i

    An incredible first source account of the events that happened in Columbine. Brooks does a great job of offering a very unique perspective from the point of view of someone who knew Harris and Klebold personally. This is a raw, uncensored take on the causes and aftermath of the shooting without an external agenda. This book leaves no unrealistic fluffy answers; it gets down to the facts and gives the reader the exact environment the shooters and victims alike were submerged in and successfully avoids sugar-coating any part of what happened. One of the truest and most factual accounts of Columbine to date. Not for the faint of heart.
    Props to Brooks for painting an honest picture of his former friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    I've done a lot of research about Columbine and everything leadi

    I've done a lot of research about Columbine and everything leading up to it, more than a seventeen year old should probably know. The thing is, Brooks Brown knew Eric and Dylan on a personal level, not just from their journals, or from the reports that came out about it. If you want the truth behind what happened, read this book.

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    I graduated from high school ten years before this tragedy yet

    I graduated from high school ten years before this tragedy yet as I read this, I could picture old friends I went to high school with who could have easily been Eric or Dylan. My group of friends were predecessors to Brooks group of friends. We experienced the same bullying and saw the same favoritism towards jocks and preps. I absolutely understand that this violence was not simply a product of video games and music. If only it were! As that would be much simpler to remedy.

    My youngest of four kids is now a Sophomore. Unfortunately, with the social media frenzy, the bullying has skyrocketed. Kids nowadays can not escape the ruthless and relentless rumors, gossip, sabotage and vicious bullying. Its in their face around the clock. While the violence has also escalated, it is a wonder there are not more full out "Columbines" out there. But then again, we know well that this threat does not end with graduation. We would be wise to keep in mind that theatre, mall and military base shooters were not made over night. They may have taken longer to reach that boiling over point but very often, the same kinds of things built them up to that point. Its a bleak picture.

    But...all is not hopeless. Schools do tend to take bullying more seriously these days. (to the point of overkill sometimes.) A good story to end on...one of my daughters was a very quiet, tiny 90 lb girl. As a Sophomore, she watched a big bully football player get on the bus day after day for months and make fun of a boy with Downs Syndrome as he walked by him towards the back of the bus. Nobody spoke up until one day, my daughter had had enough. Just before the jock got to her seat, she stood up and punched him hard enough in the stomache that it knocked him flat on his butt. She then said "Pick on someone your own size!" and sat back down. The entire bus was stunned. Nobody said a word to her (not even the jock) until they got to the school. As she got off the bus, the bus driver gave her a discreet smile and thumbs up. Too bad he didn't put a stop to the bullying himself long before!! but still, I was glad he never reported her and let it slide. The jock did not pick on the kid on the bus again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Good but not as comprehensive as other available options

    This book is a well written account of the authors experience as a student and friend of the assailants at the infamous shootings at Columbine High School. Interspersed with his own somewhat self-serving personal reflections of the incident and his personal experiences at this obviously liberal school, the author devotes attention to social environment (bullying, ostracism, and favoritism) that impacts the emotional well being of students (the only real strenght of the book).

    The co-writer fills in some blanks with news accounts on the incident and immediately after.

    If you want a more complete account of the entire Columbine incident I recommend the outstanding book "Columbine" by Dave Cullen. It is completely worth the extra cost. Then perhaps one would want to read "No Easy Answer"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Good read of insider perspective

    Eye opening. Alarming to see how school authoritues are able to turn a blind eye to the peer on peer torture happening in thier classrooms. As a victim of school bullying i understand the daily anguish and attempt to mentally lose yourself while enduring this abuse on a daily basis. I commend the Brown parents for thier relentless quest for the truth. Thanks Brooks for telling your story and helping others deal with not being accepted. Shame on Sheriff Stone. May he never have a peaceful nights rest. His actions and there lack of make it easy to see how one cannot have faith in our justice system. Kodos to Micheal Moore. Another good Columbine read is that written by Dave Cullin. By the way... i am apalled at Charleton Heston. I did not realize he was such a heartless gun loving racist.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Hearfelt account

    How does one survive a mass killing at a school .? Brook Brown tells a story that lets you in to the soul of a survivor

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    Wow. This book blew me away!

    I have always been very interested in Columbine. I have purchased quite a few books on the subject, and this one is definitely the best. While books that are written by journalists or the like are informative, no one can beat a book written by someone who actually lived it. Brooks Brown offers a special view of the situation, considering he was friends with Harris and Klebold. He also a great writer. I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2009

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    You won't be able to put this down!

    I did not know any more about Columbine before reading this than what was played out in the media. Who better to write a book then someone who actually knew the killers first hand. This book is incredible in that sense as you get a feel for who they were and a glimpse into their lives. It is amazing what the media comes up with when not given accurate information and how blown out of proportion some things get. I must say that Jeffco police are pathetic to say the least after reading this as well. If they are who are protecting this country god help us all! The authors did an amazing job getting the truth out there (the amount of lies you have heard before are unreal). Excellent read that you will not be able to put down, highly recommended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    AMAZING

    It's the truth, plain as day.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    I loved this book

    I was very moved by this book. I literally cried like 5 times. If you don't really know much about Columbine, then you should definitely read this. I recommended this book to all of my friends and they are going to read it. It is very hard to read but it gives you a look into trajedy and really makes you realize that school isn't always safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    I had to do a project on Columbine High School shooting, and i chose to read this book. it was really informative. i want to read more about this because i now know that it can happen any day, even at your school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    I loved it.

    I didnt know much about the Columbine massacre. I recently took a 3 week class over crime and justice in america. Since my professor was from Boulder, Columbine naturally came up. I found Brooks' position of the massacre both intriguing and chilling. This book is perfect for teenagers who want to understand what happened. If they are like me, they wont want to put it down. Unlike many adults, Brown criticized not media, but peer pressure and the polices imcompetence for the massacre. This book was amazing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Must read for students and teachers

    Read this for an answer to Columbine that finally makes sense! Brooks Brown takes you there, makes you feel what he and his friends felt. I am suggesting to our school district that our teachers must read it, with the students.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    Awsome Book

    this book was amazing. i never thought i would like it and it turned out that i loved it! its an amazing book that really touches our heart! i definately recommend it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2006

    AWESOME!!

    This book is too good to explain!! It is a MUST for high school students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Amazing

    This book was amazing. It touched my heart and told the story exactly how I had hoped. Hearing the story told from someone's life experience was very touching. I absolutely loved this book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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