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 Uty̜a, 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 & Giroux,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374277895
Branch Call Number: 364.15234 Bre
Characteristics: xiii, 530 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Seierstad, Åsne 1970-


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Aug 26, 2018

I hated loving this book. It’s so very sad, moment by moment watching someone become a Red Pill asshole and decide that the world sucks and it also owes him. Anders Breivik could have been anyone. He reminds me of Yiannopolis, he reminds me of Trump. The fact that he’s from a calm and peaceful country makes it even worse. In the US, we’re numbed to mass shootings. But in Norway, where they have reasonable gun control laws and an increasingly diverse population, the horror is more visible and brutally sad.

Seierstad is a wonderful writer. The book is clearly a translation: some idioms may not work as well as in Norwegian, and the phrasing can occasionally be awkward. But she knows her craft. She weaves multiple stories in parallel, with male and female victims’ lives detailed against the growing darkness of Breivik. We get to know the families, and we know that nothing good is going to come from the young peoples’ trip to the island. Like in a horror movie, we want to tell them not to go. But we also know they will, and their collision course with a brutal and corrupt human being will end in sadness.

I recommend this book if you want a non-USian true crime book. Like many of them, it will break your heart. But as you grieve, you will appreciate the care and attention to detail that Seierstad has put into her work, and you might find yourself wanting to learn more about the factors that went into Breivik’s downfall. It can happen to anyone. Please don’t let it be someone you know. Five of Five stars.

Feb 13, 2018

He has supporters all over the world now. Mainly in england and europe but also Omaha usa and many other cities.
You can also write to him to show support.

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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