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Parkland: Birth of a Movement

Dave Cullen

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Exclusive story of the Parkland, Florida school shooting and the March for Our Lives campaign for gun control run by teen survivors, by the author of the definitive bestseller Columbine.

Something changed with Parkland. When Nicolas Cruz shot seventeen students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on 14th February 2018, the story was tragic and familiar. Yet the eighth school shooting that year made history for another reason.

Days afterwards, young, traumatised survivors were galvanising their grief and outrage into action. Social media blazed with calls for gun control, and America listened. In just a few weeks, they organised national school walkouts, TV debates with senators and a march on Washington.

Dave Cullen had never seen this before. As the author of the definitive book on Columbine, he'd spent twenty years following the epidemic. This book will focus on the aftermath - the extraordinary #NeverAgain campaign that has seized the country with hope.

He will take the reader inside the school in the days before the shooting, where students anticipate exam results and rehearse the school play. He will recreate the six minutes it took for their world to shatter. And he'll follow, with exclusive access, the self-described 'misfits' who became the core of the campaign movement.

From media stars like Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky to backstage organiser Jackie Corin and rulebreaker Alfonso Calderon, their journeys, their personalities are at the heart of this book. Why this time? Why these kids? And will it last? PARKLAND will take you to the hold-your-breath moment when change might come for good.

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Praise for Parkland: Birth of a Movement

  • In both Columbine and this up-to-the minute portrait of the Parkland tragedy, Cullen has produced masterpieces that are simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful about a saner future. - Kirkus

  • Cullen, the author of the groundbreaking Columbine, brings his eloquence, expertise, combination of deep research and concision, and unbiased perspective to yet another mass school shooting, revealing its deepest layers and resonance . . . This moving, defining, and important account of an essential and vital youth movement dedicated to change and saving lives belongs in every public and school library. - Booklist

  • Columbine is an excellent work of media criticism, showing how legends become truths through continual citation; a sensitive guide to the patterns of public grief . . . a fine example of old fashioned journalism . . . with agility and grace. - The New York Times Book Review on Columbine

  • A reminder of what journalism at its best is all about - LA Times on Columbine

  • Illuminating. With unrivaled access to the student survivors cum activists, the journalist brings new perspective to the massacre, one year later . . . As Cullen illustrates how the teenagers braved intractable politicians, death threats, and their own traumas to pursue their mission, Parkland can be an inspiring read. His behind-the-scenes interviews and interactions with the group's leaders provide a lot of insight. - The Atlantic

  • With Parkland, Cullen aims for a straightforward inspirational story of a group of kids 'healing each other as they fought.' . . .Thanks to Cullen, the rules of covering shootings have shifted. . . May every journalist follow his example. - New York Times Book Review

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Dave Cullen

Dave Cullen is a journalist and author. His book Columbine is considered the definitive book on the 1999 massacre, was a New York Times bestseller, won several awards and made him a household expert on school shootings. He writes for New York Times, The Times, Guardian and Vanity Fair among others, and makes regular appearances on TV and Radio.

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