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.
"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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Interesting, but not as in depth as I wanted
- Marjorie Smith