One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway - and Its Aftermath

By Åsne Seierstad
Translated by Sarah Death
Read by Suzanne Toren

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781978604575

  • ISBN: 9781978604575

Runtime: 17.25 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A harrowing and thorough account of the massacre that upended Norway, and the trial that helped put the country back together.

On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik detonated a bomb outside government buildings in central Oslo, killing eight people. He then proceeded to a youth camp on the island of Utøya, where he killed 69 more, most of them teenage members of Norway's governing Labour Party. In One of Us, the journalist Åsne Seierstad tells the story of this terrible day and what led up to it. What made Breivik, a gifted child from an affluent neighborhood in Oslo, become a terrorist?

As in her best seller The Bookseller of Kabul, Seierstad excels at the vivid portraiture of lives under stress. She delves deep into Breivik's troubled childhood, showing how a hip-hop and graffiti aficionado became a right-wing activist and Internet game addict, and then an entrepreneur, Freemason, and self-styled master warrior who sought to "save Norway" from the threat of Islam and multiculturalism. She writes with equal intimacy about Breivik's victims, tracing their political awakenings, aspirations to improve their country, and ill-fated journeys to the island. By the time Seierstad reaches Utøya, we know both the killer and those he will kill. We have also gotten to know an entire country - famously peaceful and prosperous, and utterly incapable of protecting its youth.

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Author Bio: Åsne Seierstad

Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning journalist and writer who has reported from such war-torn regions as Chechnya, China, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The author of A Hundred and One Days as well as The Bookseller of Kabul, she lives in Norway.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English