Book Review: The harrowing story of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack and the man behind it
On July 22, 2011, a sandy blond-haired man with dead blue eyes, dressed in a homemade Norwegian police uniform, planted a bomb outside of the prime minister’s office in Oslo. The explosion killed eight people. Armed with semi-automatic weapons, the man then drove 24 miles to Utøya island, the site of a summer camp for the Worker’s Youth League, the youth arm of the governing Labour Party. Within an hour and a half, he had killed 67. They were almost all teenagers.
One Of Us is the story of that man, Anders Behring Breivik. Written by Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad, One Of Us expertly details how a troubled boy with violent tendencies transformed into a graffiti tagger fascinated by hip-hop culture, a hungry capitalist and an aspiring politician, a World Of Warcraft addict, and finally a convicted terrorist currently in solitary confinement at 36 years old.