You might remember that I reviewed Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond by Mark Ames for PopMatters last May. I was reminded of this challenging book a couple of weeks ago when there was an incident at a friend’s workplace that involved evacuations, security, and police. And of course, the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech has placed such matters at the forefront of our nation’s consciousness.
In Going Postal, Ames made a concerted effort to examine such tragedies by looking beyond the easy answers and headlines, beyond the simple explanations of rap music and video games. What he discovers isn’t always easy to read and it’s not easy to contemplate. And honestly, I don’t even necessarily agree with all of his conclusions. But it’s still a worthwhile discussion that raises far more points about what happened and how to prevent it than the 30-second sound bites on TV.
I’ve got a free copy of the book for the first person that emails me. Insert “Free Copy of Ames Book” in the subject line of your email. And be sure to include your mailing address in your message. Good luck!