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The Violence Project is about an examination of the phenomenon of mass shootings in America and an urgent call to implement evidence-based strategies to stop these tragedies.

Using first-person accounts from the perpetrators themselves, along with data from the writers’ groundbreaking research on mass shooters, The Violence Project charts new pathways to prevention and innovative ways to stop the social contagion of violence. 

Two years ago, frustrated by reactionary policy conversations that never seemed to convert into meaningful action, special investigator and psychologist Jill Peterson and sociologist James Densley started building The Violence Project, the first comprehensive database of mass shooters. Their goal was to establish the root causes of mass shootings and figure out how to stop them. With funding from the United States Department of Justice, they have coded hundreds of data points in the life histories of more than 150 mass shooters - from their childhood and adolescence to their mental health and motives. They’ve also interviewed seven living perpetrators, along with families, friends, teachers, social workers, victims and leading experts.

©2021 Jillian Peterson and James Densley (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing

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Very insightful, apolitical, and well written

If you care about this issue... read this book. If you're pro-gun, read this book; if you're anti-gun, read this book. If you think you "know everything" on the topic of mass shootings/mental health, read this book. They use interviews with parents of shooters, and interviews with some who are incarcerated for this type of violence as a way to show you how/where the media and society go wrong in speaking about and combatting this issue. Great book - hopefully it makes its way to both CNN and Fox for people to begin to de-politicize the issue

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Fantastic

This book is a well-researched gold mine of information. I am so impressed with their presentation of the information in an evidence-based, nonpartisan manner. The authors did a great job of humanizing the perpetrators without making excuses for them, telling as much of the full story as anyone could. As stated in the book, the path to violence is very windy with many potential off-ramps. The recognition of these off-ramps by the masses is our only hope at curbing this type of violence, and for this reason, this book is a must read for all of us in my opinion.

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Eye opening information

If you are interested in discovering aspects of mass shootings and look into the minds of those who commit them, this book is for you. It seems well researched, and definitely will cause you to examine your beliefs. No matter what your viewpoint regarding firearms is, this book will make you think. It may not change your mind, but if you analyze the information, you will find ways to help reduce these events.

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Very partisan

It is a shame this book has to slam the listener with their political beliefs at every turn. I tried staying with it to hear their research and conclusions. As the book continues the politics become extremely annoying. Returning it.

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Excellent clear eyed look at awful ongoing problem

I grit my teeth and plunged ahead into this incredible book. Discovering the book during news reports on the latest Texas school massacre, once I began listening it truly helped me understand the full complexity and proven solutions, This is a helpful hopeful book in the midst of gut wrenching ultimately preventable tragedy. Thanks for writing this book.

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Good Example Of What The Current Issue Is

Important summary of our nations state with Mass Shootings and everything with mental health situations that contribute to them. the problem is mostly with mental health, sounds like. we need to provide more information, funds, ideas, and power to all of these programs and people suffering with these demons. I just don't know if we can do that anymore. Our nation is crippled and torn apart by religion, politics, and greed (money). It will take a major undertaking to solve this problem, and even then there is no guarantees of the occasional shooting. We all need to have hope of something and something to live for that means something personal to us all. This will prevent a lot of this hate and evil from happening. God be with us all.

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The authors did very extensive research. This book was a very helpful guide to actually do something about this problem. Thank you very much for writing this book.

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Solid research marred by woke agenda

Just a short review as I didn’t finish the book. The second chapter was devoted almost entirely to demonizing the majority of the country as well as grandstanding for a specific political point of view. Having looked into the of the research done by the authors the book has a lot of potential. However, as the authors clear bias is front and center and placed will ahead of the actual research, the value of this work is diminished exponentially.

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interesting but lacking

There were a lot of good and interesting points presented in this book, but some information provided is easily verified as false (eg military training program practices, the definition of types of firearms and the legal bearing those definitions come with, the idea that video games have ANY, ANY bearing on mass shootings, even as an "accelerant", and more). There were also some points of contradiction, and the use of strawman arguments against those who object to certain points made by the author. There are some very, very good works on the same topic that cover it far more in depth and with much more solid data. They reach very similar conclusions, and engage in more detailed examinations of the issues at hand. One such book is "Trigger Points: Inside The Mission To Stop Mass Shootings In America" which I highly recommend if this topic is interesting or compelling to you.

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Very Enlightening

As a mother with a daughter in school to become a teacher this book shed a lot of insight to me. We all should be aware of these things. Thank you for this book. I will be sharing it with my daughter.

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Brilliant and heartbreaking

While the subject of this book is a heavy and intense topic, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everyone to listen to. It’s highly compelling and informative.

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  • Rachael
  • 11-25-21

Must listen/read

I was introduced to this book via the Real Crime Profile podcast when the authors were interviewed.
It's a thoroughly in-depth look into the issues of mass shootings in the US, and viewing the problem at multiple levels.
Even as a Brit, it's well worth a listen, to understand the inherent problem and solutions available. Because it also takes a critical look at the role politicians, media and the lack of welfare have had in amplifying the problem.