• Ceremonial Violence

  • Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings
  • By: Jonathan Fast
  • Narrated by: Joe Caron
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-30-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (59 ratings)

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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.
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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)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Marjorie Smith on 07-21-16

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 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.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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