APRIL 14, 2019
DAVE CULLEN’S 2009 BOOK, Columbine, the definitive study of the 1999 massacre at the high school in Columbine, Colorado, changed the true-crime genre. The author’s meticulous coverage powerfully exposed both the killers’ lives and the inner workings of the 24-hour media cycle. Cullen, one of the first reporters on the scene at the school, suffered secondary PTSD in subsequent years; afterward, he tried to report on mass shootings from a greater distance. Within hours of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, national news producers were contacting him. But it was the boldness of the survivors that would eventually draw him in.
Cullen’s new book, Parkland: Birth of a Movement, is a remarkable coda to Columbine. It focuses not on the killer but on the historic March For Our Lives movement. Through its portrayal of the now-legendary young