The spiral notebook : the Aurora theater shooter and the epidemic of mass violence committed by American youth

by Singular, Stephen,

Format: Print Book 2015
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On July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and fifty-eight wounded at a mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado. In 1999, thirteen kids at Columbine High School were murdered by their peers. In 2012, twenty children and seven adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Thirty-two were killed at Virginia Tech. Twelve killed at the Washington Navy Yard. In May 2014, after posting a YouTube video of 'retribution" and lamenting a life of "loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires," a lone gunman killed six and wounded seven in Isla Vista. All of these acts of violence were committed by young men between the ages of eighteen and thirty.

Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight school shootings in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence, and the cultural forces that have impugned a generation, is the subject of the important new book The Spiral Notebook .

New York Times -bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically-acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife Joyce for their most important work yet -- one that investigates why America keeps producing twenty-something mass killers. Their reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet and draws upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves.

While following the legal proceedings in the Aurora shooting, The Spiral Notebook is full of interviews with Generation Z, a group dogged by big pharma and anti-depressants and ADHD drugs, by a doomsday/apocalyptic mentality present since birth, and by an entertainment industry that has turned violence into parlor games.

Provocative and eye-opening, The Spiral Notebook is a glimpse into the forces that are shaping the future of American youth, an entire generation bathed in the violence committed by their peers.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Husband-and-wife investigative reporters and veterans of the crime beat, the Singulars were compelled to look at violence from their perspective as parents when James Holmes, a young man dressed as a commando, killed 12 people and injured 58 others in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. The Singulars have a son about Holmes' age who, unlike them, was not so surprised by the shooter's actions. The Singulars offer a harrowing look at the crime and the courtroom drama. They explore the complex legal battles, particularly over the issue of Holmes' sanity and a spiral notebook that might hold the key to determining his state of mind. Was the notebook, mailed to his psychiatrist, protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, or, having been found in the course of the investigation before the doctor received it, was it game for use by the prosecution? They address the broader debate about whether publicizing Holmes' diary or the videotapes made by the Columbine shooters glorifies the killers or offers valuable insights into their behavior. Interspersed throughout are comments from a cross section of young adults about the cultural forces, from drugs to video games to social media, that may have contributed to Holmes' alienation and violent actions. This is a compelling look at gun control, mental-health treatment, and the underlying social issues that contribute to rising violence, especially that committed by young men, in our nation.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The Singulars, a married couple, had a difficult conversation with their own 18-year-old son that raised concerns about the current generation of young men and women and led to this attempt to provide some way of understanding mass killers, specifically James Holmes, a former neuroscience grad student who shot up a Colorado movie theater in July 2012, killing people and wounding 58. The authors' goal is to explore "a new form of American terrorism," and thereby benefit "parents, educators, politicians, those in the media, and citizens young and old." But instead of memorable or new insights, they provide less than profound commentary on the usual suspects-the easy availability of firearms, unrelenting exposure to violence at an early age through popular culture, alienation. The quotes from Millenials that they sprinkle throughout the book, in an effort to make that demographic's voices heard, are often banal, and many readers will be uncomfortable at the categorization of "the mass shooting epidemic" as a "very loud and misdirected call from young people for change." (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Holmes, James, -- 1987-
Mass murder -- Colorado -- Aurora -- Case studies.
Mass murder -- United States.
Mass murderers -- Psychology.
Mass murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Young adults -- United States -- Psychology.
Publisher Berkeley, California :2015
Contributors Singular, Joyce, author.
Language English
Description ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 1619025345
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