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The Spiral Notebook

The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth

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July 12, 2015 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 304 Pages | ISBN 9781619027442
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"The Singulars are able and enthusiastic reporters, providing detailed depictions of the event, the lead-up to it, the emergency response, and then, to their frustration, a judicial process assiduously withheld from the prying eyes of the media." —Brooklyn Rail

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.

STEPHEN SINGULAR has published twenty books about high profile crimes and their impact on society. His articles have appeared in New York MagazinePsychology TodayInside Sports, the New York Times MagazineRolling Stone, and American Photo.

JOYCE SINGULAR is a researcher and collaborator on a number of titles with her husband, adding a female perspective on the nature of crime. They live in Denver, Colorado, with their son.

Praise

“The Singulars are able and enthusiastic reporters, providing detailed depictions of the event, the lead-up to it, the emergency response, and then, to their frustration, a judicial process assiduously withheld from the prying eyes of the media.” —Brooklyn Rail

“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… 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.” —Booklist Starred Review

“[A] disturbing yet fascinating treatise on the impacts of growing up in a world that previous generations would barely recognize… Tragic, gripping, and authentic, this book deserves a wide audience.” —Kirkus Starred Review

The Spiral Notebook is a chilling and disturbing analysis of American terrorism. It provides deep insight into one of the biggest threats faced by our society. No other book has explored the reasons behind the violence by American youth in such a vivid way. This is a must read for all Americans.” —Washington Book Review

“Veteran Denver crime writers Stephen and Joyce take on another high-profile case, the Aurora Theater shootings… [They] focus on sociological phenomena contributing to ‘the epidemic of mass violence committed by American youth.’” —Library Journal

New York Times bestselling author Singular teams with his wife, Joyce, to investigate why America keeps producing 20-something mass killers, offering a glimpse into the forces shaping the future of American youth.” —Publishers Weekly Spring 2015 Announcements

“This is a dark book, but a sincere and smart take on a serious subject.” —Bookish

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