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Day of Reckoning: Columbine and the Search for America's Soul Hardcover – January 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Plodding prose and stale analysis mar Christian journalist Zoba's rehashing of the grim details of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School. Her argument seems to be that Columbine is a reflection of problems with America's soul. She is particularly interested in the Cassie Bernall question: Did Cassie proclaim herself to be a Christian before being shot? (Zoba admits that we can never know for certain, but she sides with the martyr theory.) Though rich in interviews with survivors and parents, the book skimps on interpretation; what analysis appears here is borrowed from other sources. Zoba too frequently quotes other reporters, sprinkling the book with references to Time, the New York Times Magazine and other publications. She suggests that Columbine sparked a spiritual revival among American teens, but doesn't offer enough supporting evidence to convince the reader that this is the case. Zoba's self-conscious positioning of herself as a mother and a journalist quickly wears thin; one wishes for an end to comments like "my journalistic instincts to get to the bottom of it went full throttle." Finally, the writing is often clumsy: "Many studies have shown, and experts agree, that teen violence, in many cases, easily could be preempted by more parental vigilance." While this may have worked as a magazine article (indeed, it began as a piece in Christianity Today), Zoba doesn't share enough original insights to sustain readers' attention through a whole book.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This is not just another rehash, reveling in the details of the shooting at Columbine High School. Zoba, senior writer for Christianity Today and former Time correspondent, is interested in the religious ramifications of the events, but she does not join the chorus of simplistic finger-pointers. Zoba presents the facts, claims, and counterclaims, as best as she can determine them, but is content to let them speak for themselves. The hurt and bewilderment of the killers' parents are juxtaposed with the killers' heartless attitudes and deeds. Zoba carefully brings us to the paradoxical nature of our predicament: it is too simple to blame society, guns, cultural violence, bullies at school, and so on, yet all are guilty. In the end, we are led to see a strong element of evil in our society. For Zoba, the tolerance of violence and of rootless relativism, which allows a Klebold or Harris to decide that he has evolved to a higher level and thus may live by his own code, is coupled with such a fear of religion that expression of religious feelings must be denied by the media and censored from school memorials. A thought-provoking alternative to other works on this tragedy. Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The heavy focus on the question of whether or not Cassie Bernall said "yes" when asked if she believed in God and was killed as a result detracts from other issues in the story, as does the chapter devoted to the placement and removal of the 15 memorial crosses. Although these are part of the Christian angle the author is taking in examining the tragedy, they failed to convince this reader that this was a story about the loss of soul in America--the problem that resulted in the Columbine tragedy can hardly be simplified to just a loss or lack of faith in the killers or their community.
Non-Christian reades like myself may be put off by the point of view the author takes, but there is much to discuss and learn from the book, particularly in the portions where Zoba attends to the other issues--such as the culture that produces kids who kill and the actions of law enforcement officials on the day of the shooting. As more is written about the Columbine tragedy, this book will offer a useful alternative perspective that is likely to be ignored in mainstream publications and media.
The author makes a point of focusing on the "15 versus 13 crosses" debate (the inclusion of two crosses for the killers caused much controversy). However, she also attempts to frame the motivations for the rampage in religious overtones - asking if and how forces of good and evil were acting on that day. This discussion lacks detail about the killers themselves apart from details gleaned from police reports (the author did not have access to the infamous pre-rampage videotapes) and some small pieces of information from schoolmates. As a result, the discussion of supernatural factors versus psychological factors seems unbalanced.
The text does work as a religious meditation, and the account of the day itself is gripping. The author succeeds in revealing the somewhat creepy religious symbolism evoked before, during, and after the shootings.
But I do think that the author should have had more info on Eric and Dylan. I'm also personally very skepticial on the notions that Cassie was the one who said "yes" and that Rachel Scott was the Rachel that was named on the "basement tapes".
Also, the whole pretending she's a columbine mother is rather annoying as well. So, if you're a seasoned columbine expert you don't need this book but if you're curious and just recently got interested in columbine/don't know your information/whatever the book would be good to check out from the library(but don't buy it!) its a waste of money.
It also tells what it was like for the author to visit the area, see the Graves and the school. It talks about Rachels Life and Cassies and tells there storys .