One of Us

One of Us

The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

Book - 2015
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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?
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374277895
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SEI
Characteristics: xiii, 530 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Death, Sarah
Alternative Title: En av oss. English


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Aug 18, 2017

On July 22, 2011, Anders Breivik killed over 70 people in less than 24 hours. He began by setting off a bomb in front of one of Oslo’s government buildings, killing 8, and then made his way to the island of Utoya, where he shot and killed 69 teenagers. Born into a wealthy neighbourhood and declared a genius, Breivik seemed like he was destined for success. So what drove him to terrorism? This is the question that One of Us explores. It is a deep and personal investigation into the Utoya killings and the trial and aftermath, as well as the story of Breivik and his victims. It is a biography of a massacre, yet it delves so deeply and passionately into the victims’ stories it may as well be a biography of them too. One of Us brings you close, so close to this horrible act that for once, you can really, truly understand the kind of sorrow that this slaughter brought to the people closest to it. Well-researched and well-written, One of Us is a true crime account like no other. 5/5 Stars
- @Apis of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 06, 2016

This is a long book with over 500 pages. The most difficult Chapter for me to read was one called "Friday" which has horrific details of the killings on the Island where the teenagers had gathered for a Summer political event. I am not sure why the Author has decided to do it this way. I am surprised in Norway how easy is for people to acquire deadly assault weapons.

athompson10 May 24, 2016

A well-developed true crime story that follows both mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and some of his young victims from their family history, to their births, to their violent encounter on Utoya and the aftermath. There is a sizeable record of the life of the perpetrator due to his own writings as well as court papers stretching back to his family's interaction with Child Protective Services when he was a toddler. Still, there is a huge gap in his psychological development during the five years that he hibernated playing computer games, and then emerged as an ultranationalist bent on murder. The author uses all the information at her disposal and many interviews but the final answers on Breivik's sanity and how a misfit turned into a killer remain elusive.

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Aug 26, 2016

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