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One of Us
One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway | Asne Seierstad
A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back togetherOn July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utya, where he killed sixty-nine more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist sne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become a terrorist? As in her bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels at the vivid portraiture of lives under stress. She delves deep into Breivik's troubled childhood, showing how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado became a right-wing activist and Internet game addict, and then an entrepreneur, Freemason, and self-styled master warrior who sought to "save Norway" from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equal intimacy about Breivik's victims, tracing their political awakenings, aspirations to improve their country, and ill-fated journeys to the island. By the time Seierstad reaches Utya, we know both the killer and those he will kill. We have also gotten to know an entire countryfamously peaceful and prosperous, and utterly incapable of protecting its youth.
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Cinfhen I totally remember this event 1y
emilyhaldi Oof, this was a tough one. I didn't remember the murder victim number being so high!! 😢 1y
Mdargusch Sounds tragically fascinating. Stacking. 1y
Reviewsbylola This guy was referenced a lot in the book I just read about Sandy Hook, as Adam Lanza was obsessed with this rampage. 1y
Meredith3 This story is nuts, I have to check this book out! 1y
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Argon
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This true crime book is incredibly well-researched and written, providing a clear picture of not only the murders of July 22, but also Breivik‘s life, the trial, and the lives of some of his victims and their families.
I found it very difficult to read, especially once I realized I was the same age as some of the youth killed on Utøya, and I cried a number of times throughout the book.
While it‘s worth reading, it‘s certainly not easy reading.

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8little_paws
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This has got to be one of the best true crime books out there. The research is staggering and it holds your interest ther whole way through. I appreciate the author's reporting on the killer's upbringing and background, and the care in which she approached the victims stories. Definitely going to read whatever else she's written that's in English.

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8little_paws
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Holy crap, this book starts with a kick in the teeth.

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onthevalentine
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At a local brewery enjoying the conclusion of the day with the bf. The book is a hard read at times due to the subject matter, but it‘s imperative to see how people can hate so deeply. #nowreading

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kelseynicburke
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A follow up on my post about this book earlier. After I finished it, I watched this episode where some of the survivors talk about their experience on Utøya on June 22, 2011. I just wanna say that these kids are incredible. I can actually feel the adrenaline and fear just listening to them from the safety of my home. The fact that they survived this and can talk about it is completely beyond me.

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kelseynicburke
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Nothing can inspire rage like listening to chapters that alternate between ABB‘s complaints about the view in his cell, his small selection of tv channels, and his limited accessibility to face cream while hearing about the grieving families of the 77 people that he massacred. It‘s so frustrating that he seems to be the only person who isn‘t affected by what he‘s done 🇳🇴

hilded Was it very tough reading it? I'm not sure I will handle it, but I do know that Åsne always writes excellent books. (I'm Norwegian btw, so this touch close to home). (edited) 2y
kelseynicburke It‘s definitely not an easy read, even for me (I‘ve never been to Norway and have no personal connection), but it‘s my favourite true crime book. It‘s incredibly well written and puts as much as focus on the victims as the perpetrator @hilded 2y
kelseynicburke @hilded even the more difficult parts don‘t feel like they‘re meant to generate shock value but only to make people understand just how horrible that day was. It‘s very well done and respectful. 2y
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hilded Thank you:) I have heard the same from others as well, so I think I have to read it at some point. 2y
hilded If you haven't read 'Two Sisters' by the same author, I can really recommend that one as well. 2y
kelseynicburke @hilded I haven‘t read it! I‘ll definitely check it out, thanks :) 2y
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kelseynicburke
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This is the best true crime book I‘ve come across. This account of the Oslo and Utoya attack in 2011 sets itself apart because of the strong focus on the victims and who they were. By the time the attack occurred in the book I felt an almost personal loss because the author allowed the reader to get to know the victims so well. Such a sad story, I‘m glad the author did it justice. PS: the narrator was great too

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WeAreLegion
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I finished reading this days after the Las Vegas shooting.
I wonder what motivations might be uncovered as the investigation continues.
In this book we observe the life of the perpetrator and some of his victims. We understand his mindset and reasoning for what he did. But I still feel we really know nothing of the evil that lurks in the hearts of others. Until we can understand this better, I'm afraid this will be a repeating nightmare.

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WeAreLegion
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This quote jumped out at me. When these days we have Holocaust deniers, it really is important for the truth to come out.

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WeAreLegion
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So far I'm enjoying this book very much (despite its incredibly depressing topic), but this line just made me stop cold. I had to read it over a few times to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding.

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So I was finally able to finish this twenty-hour audiobook. I stand by my initial impression. Author is a master of her craft, but there's nothing at all sympathetic about her subject. Which is probably why the narrative feels so cold and unmoving. I don't recommend this to anyone except history buffs who insist on the full story. I didn't learn anything, and apparently neither did the shooter. Heartbreaking entry in the Needless Tragedy dept. 😢

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Argon
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I've just finished my final exams and now I finally have time to read this book. I've heard some really good things about it so I'm looking forward to digging my literary teeth into it!

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mdhughes72
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Having a hard time following the narrative so far. Print copy was a fail, audio doesn't seem to be any easier. Has anyone gotten through this? It was so highly touted last year.

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kristinshafel
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Catching up! #Riotgrams, day 21: #CoolSpines. I love the spines on these two, One of Us and House of Leaves.

cc @bookriot #bookriot

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bookandcat
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Finished this book about the 2011 massacre in Norway. It is an excellent and important book. Stellar reporting from Seirstad and it reads easily, like a novel.

However, since it was painful to read, I do not plan on keeping it on my shelves.

Anyone up for a #bookswap ? It's a hardcover and it's in like new condition. It was originally purchased from The Strand. I'd mail it to whoever has something of comparable value/condition to mail to me!

MyBookSwapClub Yep - are you in USA/Uk? 3y
bookandcat @MyBookSwapClub hi sorry the book was already claimed elsewhere! I forgot to change this post because it was a while ago. 3y
MyBookSwapClub No worries :) 3y
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Argon
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Went shopping for some Christmas presents and bought myself some presents of my own! I really can't help myself when I'm in a bookstore... but at least they were all on sale. And it's my 'yay! for the end of classes' treat and something to look forward to after my final exams :) #bookhaul #Christmas

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ariell
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About 75 pages in and [sadly] feeling this is required reading. Hate, fear, racism, bigotry, and misogyny are exhaustingly global.

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megt
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Yesterday's #libraryhaul. Of course, this morning is all about reading for school.

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WesleyHoffmann
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This has been an intense but incredibly riveting read so far.

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kristinshafel
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"We are a small country, but we are a proud people. We are still shaken by what has happened to us, but we will never relinquish our values. Our answer is more democracy, more openness and more humanity. But never naivety."

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LeahBergen
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Book Mail!!!!

BestOfFates I think for the first time I've read at least part of every book in a pile!! They are all great, though I didn't finish One of Us because I was not up for it, it was both incredibly sad and also a bit boring regarding his childhood. 3y
LeahBergen Really, @BestOfFates ? Awesome! I'm on a bit of a N. Korea kick. How was Confessions? 3y
BestOfFates I really enjoyed it - it's a bit twisty, but I totally bought in! And dear leader is so cool bc it's such a different perspective than most n.korean escape tales! And 1,000 miles to freedom showed me so much I didn't know about China and how illegal immigration works w/n.korean escapees. 3y
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booksofmainandmaple
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Picked this one up in vacation in SF. I can't wait to get started - have any of you read this?? The book seller I got this from was also currently reading which was pretty exciting..

LeahBergen It just came in the mail today! 3y
booksofmainandmaple @LeahBergen nice!!! I'm excited to hear what you think! 3y
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Rhondareads
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The horror of the Massacre that shocked Norway .A true crime procedural &WA revealing intimate look about how the country healed.

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