No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine
No easy answers
Covers of the library binding and softcover edition.
Author(s) Brooks Brown
Rob Merritt
Published 2002
Publisher Lantern Books
Country United States
Pages 277
ISBN 9781590560310

No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine is a book by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt, published by Lantern Books, New York City, NY, in 2002.


On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, two seniors at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, walked into their school and shot to death twelve students and one teacher, and wounded many others. It was the worst single act of murder at a school in U.S. history.

Few people knew Dylan Klebold or Eric Harris better than Brooks Brown. Brown and Klebold were best friends in grade school, and years later, at Columbine, Brown was privy to some of Harris and Klebold's darkest fantasies and most troubling revelations After the shootings, Brown was even accused by the police of having been in on the massacre—simply because he had been friends with the killers.

Now, for the first time, Brown, with journalist Rob Merritt, gets to tell his full version of the story. He describes the warning signs that were missed or ignored, and the evidence that was kept hidden from the public after the murders. He takes on those who say that rock music or video games caused Klebold and Harris to kill their classmates and explores what it might have been that pushed these two young men, from supposedly stable families, to harbor such violent and apocalyptic dreams.

Shocking as well as inspirational and insightful, No Easy Answers is an authentic wake-up call for all the psychologists, authorities, parents, and law enforcement personnel who have attempted to understand the murders at Columbine High School. As the title suggests, the book offers no easy answers, but instead presents the unvarnished facts about growing up as an alienated teenager in America today.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Part One: Columbine
Chapter 1: "get out of here" 1
Chapter 2: Why? 15
Chapter 3: normandy 23
Chapter 4: video games 35
Chapter 5: freshmen at columbine 45
Chapter 6: troubles 59
Chapter 7: broken glass 73
Chapter 8: the web pages 83
Chapter 9: suburban life 97
Chapter 10: friendship renewed 105
Chapter 11: the calm before the storm 115
Part Two: Aftermath
Chapter 12: the nightmare begins 129
Chapter 13: rachel 147
Chapter 14: no answers 157
Chapter 15: I stand accused 169
Chapter 16: the families 187
Chapter 17: the videotapes 195
Chapter 18: anniversary 209
Chapter 19: the truth comes out 219
Chapter 20: final hope 225
Chapter 21: hollow victory 241
Chapter 22: little brother 251
Chapter 23: where do we go? 265


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