Parkland: Birth of a Movement

Parkland: Birth of a Movement Review

The New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement.

Emma Gonzalez called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. The uprising had begun. Cameron Kasky immediately recruited a colorful band of theatre kids and rising activists and brought them together in his living room to map out a movement. Four days after escaping Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two dozen extraordinary kids announced the audacious March for Our Lives. A month later, it was the fourth largest protest in American history.

Dave Cullen, who has been reporting on the epidemic of school shootings for two decades, takes us along on the students’ nine-month odyssey to the midterms and beyond. With unrivaled access to their friends and families, meetings and homes, he pulls back the curtain to reveal intimate portraits of the quirky, playful organizers that have taken the nation by storm.

Cullen brings us onto the bus for the Road to Change tour showing us how these kids seized an opportunity. They hit the highway to organize the young activist groups mushrooming across America in their image. Rattled but undeterred, they pressed on in gun country even as adversaries armed with assault weapons tailed them across Texas and Utah trying to scare them off.

The Parkland students are genuinely candid about their experiences. We see them cope with shattered friendships and PTSD, along with the normal day-to-day struggles of school, including AP exams and college acceptances. Yet, with the idealism of youth they are mostly bubbling with fresh ideas. As victims refusing victimhood, they continue to devise clever new tactics to stir their generation to action while building a powerhouse network to match the NRA’s.

This spell-binding book is a testament to change and a perceptive examination of a pivotal moment in American culture. After two decades of adult hand-wringing, the MFOL kids are mapping a way out. They see a long road ahead, a generational struggle to save every kid of every color from the ravages of gun violence in America. Parkland is a story of staggering empowerment and hope, told through the wildly creative and wickedly funny voices of a group of remarkable kids.

Title:Parkland: Birth of a Movement
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    There are strains of sadness woven into this story, but this is not an account of grief. These kids chose a story of hope. This is such a beautiful piece of journalism. I love how Cullen puts so much...

  • Will Byrnes

    It became clear quickly that suburban kids feared violence inside their school—once in a lifetime, but horrific—and the Chicago kids feared violence getting there. At the bus stop on their porch,...

  • jv poore

    This book is not about the tragedy on February 14th 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Instead, it is about all that the student activists accomplished in the following year and how they did it. I felt...

  • Elyse Walters

    Audiobook ....Read by the author, Dave Cullen“PRAY FOR MY SCHOOL”“MAKE IT STOP”“DO NOTHING - and - NOTHING WILL CHANGE”“THIS NEEDS TO BE THE END”“PLEASE HELP!”February 14, 2018.......

  • ALLEN

    Believe it or not, author Dave Cullen did not set out to be the nation's leading "talking head" about school massacres. But he did such a brilliant job with his COLUMBINE regarding the mass murder in ...

  • Jennifer

    In 2012 my youngest son was a senior in high school when a shooter killed 3 students and wounded several others at our small village's school in rural Ohio. Our community was traumatized. Every school...

  • Kelly

    A really phenomenal books about the March for Our Lives founders, their movement, and all of the movements that inspired and educated them. This is like Columbine in that it's the story that the media...

  • Traci at The Stacks

    Really well done. Not about the shooting. About the surviving activists. Cullen is genius but the content wasn’t as powerful as I had hoped. Still really good and a smooth read. ...

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    RTC ...

  • Tess Taylor

    3.5...