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

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


One of The manhattan occasions e-book Review's Ten most sensible Books of 2015 and a NYT Bestseller

Widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, Åsne Seierstad’s One of Us is key studying for a time whilst mass killings are so grimly frequent.

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outdoors the Norwegian top minister's workplace in important Oslo, killing 8 humans. He then proceeded to a early life camp at the wooded island of Utøya, the place he killed sixty-nine extra, such a lot of them teenage participants of the country's governing Labour occasion. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the tale of this bad day and its reverberations. How did Breivik, a proficient baby from an prosperous local in Oslo, turn into Europe's such a lot reviled terrorist? How did he accomplish an miraculous one-man homicide spree? and the way did a famously peaceable and wealthy state deal with the slaughter of such a lot of of its young?

As in her foreign bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels on the shiny portraiture of lives less than tension. She delves deep into Breivik's youth, displaying how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado grew to become a right-wing activist, a profitable entrepreneur, after which an online video game addict and self-styled grasp warrior who believed he may store Europe from the specter of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equivalent intimacy approximately Breivik's sufferers, tracing their political awakenings, teenage flirtations and hopes, and ill-fated trips to the island. by the point Seierstad reaches Utøya and relates what occurred there, we all know either the killer and people he'll kill. within the book's ultimate act, Seierstad describes Breivik's tumultuous public trial. As Breivik took the stand and articulated his principles, a whole kingdom debated even if he could be deemed insane, and requested why a devastating series of police mistakes allowed one guy to take action a lot harm.

One of Us is instantaneously a mental learn of violent extremism, a dramatic actual crime procedural, and a compassionate inquiry into how a privileged society copes with homegrown evil. Lauded in Scandinavia for its literary benefit and ethical poise, One of Us is the genuine tale of 1 of our age's so much tragic events.

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