Terrific story behind a massive series of art swindles in the 1990's by a couple of somewhat talented gentlemen. The authors provide such great detail, you can feel as if you are looking over the shoulder of the swindler. Solid narration makes the audio book even more enjoyable.
This book does a great job telling the story of how this young con man swindled millions of dollars from hotels and banks during a multi-year escapade through the US and Europe. After reading about Abagnale's prison life in France, that's one country where you should not break the law.
Another well crafted, non-fiction story about one misguided young man. Narration is so-so, but doesn't detract from the hilarity of it all.
I believe Cullen has gotten to the bottom of the mystery why Eric and Dylan went on their rampage. As the headline in Salon said, "Everything you know about Columbine is wrong." Cullen explains that the boys weren't outcasts, Goths, etc. and their victims weren't jocks, bullies, etc. In fact, their goal was to rack up the biggest kill in one act and go down in history with a huge impact by blowing up the entire school and killing 600 or more with their bombs. But their bombs didn't work. The bombs and what they did with the bombs proves that victim "choice" was arbitrary. At the beginning, they meant to blow up the Commons and kill *everyone.* At the end, they again tried to blow up their bombs and kill *everyone* who was trying to hide.
Cullen makes the case that Eric Harris was a classic psychopath, and I kept thinking if he had lived, he might have killed more. He might have found a way to get hold of a weapon that would have worked the way he intended his bombs to work that day. Harris and Klebold were kind of a modern-day Leopold and Loeb, and they planned their rampage for a year and were very smart in hiding their planning from parents and authorities. This was not just an excuse to take blame off the parents or the school...you'd have to read the book and see Cullen's convincing case.
I read a long time ago in Colin Wilson's "A Criminal History of Mankind" that an infant would blow up the entire world if it had the power, such is its rage that it is not getting a bottle right that moment. Cullen's take on Eric brought this back to me.
This was the gist of the book. This wasn't really a review but kind of a summary. But I think Cullen makes a convincing case.