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One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway (2013)

by Åsne Seierstad

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On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik set off a bomb, outside of a government building, in Oslo killing eight people. He then drove on to a youth camp on the island of Utøya, and methodically killed sixty-nine more, most of them teenage members of Norway’s governing Labour Party.
This was not an easy book, to read, but is an incredibly well-crafted. The author, an acclaimed journalist, does an uncanny job getting into the head of Breivik, (a very, very, scary place) mining his childhood and young adulthood, to try and understand the makings of a monster. She also shines a light on several of the victims, and how the shootings effected them and how Norway, as a country dealt with this tragic event.

Like many places in Europe, America is also seeing a startling rise of “hate groups”, encouraged by certain political figures and fueled by social media. This has all ready led to bursts of horrific violence. How many Breiviks are developing right here in the states? A shuddering thought...

If you can stomach the subject matter, I highly recommend this near true crime classic. ( )
  msf59 | Nov 18, 2018 |
grim but good. ( )
  annbury | Dec 29, 2017 |
A nifty read, hard to put down, more like one of the Scandinavian thrillers than a true story of a twisted right wing loser who kills 75 people in Norway. The story of this loser is told in his own writings, which are copious, rather than interviews which this jerk refused to give. The author explains in an afterword how she wrote the book and a gripping, honest read it is. ( )
  annbury | Aug 31, 2016 |
To say that the story of an horrific mass murder is a read I couldn't put down sounds superficial in the extreme, conflating tragedy with crime fiction. But that's exactly what Asne Seierstad does in this powerful book. She examines the 2011 killing of 77 people in three phases: the backstory (of both the killer and of some of his victims), the killings, and the aftermath. In so doing she raises important questions for our post 9/11 world. Is there any way of insuring safety from terrorists? Can terrorists be sane? How should society treat the perpetrators of terrorism? But the power of this book doesn't lie in the questions it raises, as important as they are. It lies in the author's ability to bring the reader into the story by bringing her characters to life -- the murderous Breivik, but also some of his victims. That makes what could be simply horrifying into something heartbreaking. The writing is brilliant, clear and compelling, and the research appears to be both highly professional and highly sensitive to the feelings of the survivors. A remarkable book. ( )
  annbury | Aug 12, 2016 |
Wow. It reads like fiction. What I mean by that it is an easy read and it even could be fiction.
So far so good.
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
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On the whole, Seierstad has written a remarkable book, full of sorrow and compassion. After spending years away from home as a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Iraq, bearing witness to the crimes of other nations, she has confronted Norway’s greatest trauma since the Nazi occupation, without flinching and without simplifying. The complicity of Norwegian society is unspoken.
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"On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside the Norwegian prime minister's office in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the wooded island of Utøya, where he killed sixty-nine more, most of them teenage members of the country's governing Labour Party. In [this book], the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and its reverberations. How did Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become Europe's most reviled terrorist? How did he accomplish an astonishing one-man murder spree? And how did a famously peaceful and prosperous country cope with the slaughter of so many of its young?"--Dust jacket flap.

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