By Dave Cullen
On April 20, 1999, boys left an indelible stamp at the American psyche. Their aim was once uncomplicated: to explode their university, Oklahoma-City variety, and to go away "a lasting influence at the world." Their bombs failed, however the resulting taking pictures outlined a brand new period of college violence-irrevocably branding each next capturing "another Columbine."
When we expect of Columbine, we predict of the ditch Coat Mafia; we predict of Cassie Bernall, the woman we notion professed her religion earlier than she used to be shot; and we expect of the boy pulling himself out of a college window -- the entire global used to be observing him. Now, in a riveting piece of journalism approximately ten years within the making, comes the tale none folks knew. during this revelatory publication, Dave Cullen has brought a profile of teen killers that is going to the guts of psychopathology. He lays naked the callous brutality of mastermind Eric Harris, and the quavering, suicidal Dylan Klebold, who went to promenade 3 days previous and obsessed approximately love in his magazine.
The result's an stunning account of 2 sturdy scholars with plenty of acquaintances, who got here to stockpile a basement cache of guns, to list their raging hatred, and to control each grownup who bought of their method. They left indicators all over the place, defined via Cullen with a willing investigative eye and mental acumen. Drawing on 1000s of interviews, hundreds of thousands of pages of police documents, FBI psychologists, and the boy's tapes and diaries, he offers the 1st entire account of the Columbine tragedy.
In the culture of HELTER SKELTER and IN chilly BLOOD, COLUMBINE is destined to be a vintage. A close-up portrait of hatred, a group rendered helpless, and the police error and cover-ups, it's a compelling and totally human portrait of 2 killers-an unforgettable cautionary story for our occasions.
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They looked at many instances of creative accounting, especially those detected by the Financial Reporting and Review Panel, which ‘policed’ UK ﬁnancial reporting (McBarnet and Whelan, 1999). Meanwhile, in the USA, a very inﬂuential book by Charles Mulford and Eugene Comiskey, entitled The Financial Numbers Game, investigated the pre-Enron ﬁnancial reporting in the USA and documented numerous examples of both creative accounting and fraud. Enron is shown to be only one high-proﬁle example of frequently occurring ﬁnancial manipulations in the USA (Mulford and Comiskey, 2002).
Finally, photographs may be used to present an overall image of the company. For example, many of the high-proﬁle oil companies use nature photographs to try to present a green image. A fuller discussion of the impression management literature is provided in Chapter 6. 4 Proﬁt Smoothing The stock market generally rewards companies that produce steady proﬁts, but penalises those with erratic proﬁts. Companies therefore will prefer to report steady year-on-year growth rather than confront the market with volatile proﬁts.
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