Regular price: $22.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Interesting, but not as in depth as I wanted

When I purchased this book, I was looking for an in depth psychological analysis of school shootings, but what I got was fairly superficial.
The first 8 chapters just recounted various school shootings, while the last chapter is the only one that even tried to address the why and how to prevent them. I felt like I spent 8 chapters waiting to get to the meat of it and then they only gave me a bacon bit. There were some really good assertions in those chapters but they were never really explored for example, suppressed homosexuality, which was mentioned a few times and is an interesting concept given the role it played in the recent Orlando shootings.

If you know nothing about school shootings, this will update you on all the famous American ones. If you are already a crime buff and are looking for a piece on criminal psychology, keep looking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Anti-gun propaganda

I liked the in-depth look at the shooters and case studies, but the overwhelming opinion of the author who is obviously anti-gun really took away from what could have been completely enjoyable. Keep your propaganda out of my listening!!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

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!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jennifer
  • RAEFORD, NC, United States
  • 09-25-12

Great Author and Content, Sub-par Performance

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 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great analysis!

Loved it voice actor not so much. The case by case review of school shootings delves deep into the mindset as well as the social conditioning of the shooters. Each case is examined in depth, covering all aspects of the shootings and their affects.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

a timely book

well researched and written. the author dismisses the media portrayal of school shooters, great job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful