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Ceremonial Violence: Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings | [Jonathan Fast]

Ceremonial Violence: Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings

Analyzes 13 school “rampage” shootings—including the Columbine High School massacre—and explains, for the first time, why teenagers commit these tragic atrocities. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these shootings, and provides examples of what we should look for as early signs to prevent further tragedies.
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Publisher's Summary

Ceremonial Violence analyzes 13 school “rampage” shootings—including the Columbine High School massacre—and explains, for the first time, why teenagers commit these tragic atrocities. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these shootings, and provides examples of what we should look for as early signs to prevent further tragedies.

©2009 Johnathan Fast (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Our adolescent massacres are, as Jonathan Fast, a professor of social work, astutely observes in his new book, a type of terrorism, but we have a hard time seeing them as such…Fast, in search of a more illuminating explanation, has made an in-depth study of 13 incidents." (Salon.com)
"Detailed and thoroughly researched… Fast does an excellent job of revealing what these broken children had in common." (Kirkus)
"A penetrating examination of the nation’s school shootings…outlines clear and realistic goals for educators, community leaders, parents, and students that could help prevent these violent attacks." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Jennifer RAEFORD, NC, United States 09-25-12
    Jennifer RAEFORD, NC, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does Ceremonial Violence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I know some errors are due to the editor not paying attention, but the narrator need take a "cliffs notes" lesson in the stories they read. One moment he pronounces the boy's name McKay and then Makai (as it should be) and then three words later back to McKay. Same with Cassie, apparently her name is Casey.


    Any additional comments?

    There were quite a few errors in the shootings I know a lot about, so the stories that I'm not familiar with, I'm not sure I can count on the facts, being facts. Such as, Columbine happened on Tuesday, April 20th, 1999 and not Monday, April 20th 1999. Also, Dylan Klebold was the one who used the Tec-9 during the shooting, not Eric Harris. There were far too many details to list all of them, but if you are familiar with any of these shootings, you will see.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Crusader Palm Springs, CA, United States 02-01-13
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    "Lots of insight into mass shootings in America"

    Particularly in the light of recent events, this book provides an excellent professional analysis of the dynamics involved in mass shootings.

    Very disturbing, but educational. A must read for anyone who wants to engage with others in a meaningful debate regarding reasonable gun reform laws!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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