The Brothers

The Brothers

The Road to An American Tragedy

eBook - 2015
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"The American Dream, two young immigrant men, and the nightmare that resulted. On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts. How did such a nightmare come to pass? Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen attempts to tell the full story. In the breakup of the former Soviet Union the history of the Tsarnaev brothers truly begins, as descendants of Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. The family made futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new émigrés, in the Cambridge, Massachusetts. The author reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the young brothers, and the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but a sense of belonging elsewhere"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780698148703
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 15, 2018

I read this book after seeing the movie Patriot Day. In the movie, we do not meet the brothers until the bombings occur. In the book, you get a better idea of what their lives were like when they came to America. There was much unhappiness in their lives. Poverty, splintered families, and constantly moving.
The sense I got from reading the book was that this was a family that was in America but not wanting to be here and unfortunately we know the results.

Nov 25, 2015

I read this book several months ago, and at that time was left with unanswered questions. I just finished a review by Gary Indiana in the 15 Sep issue of the London Review of Books (available at KCLS (Bellevue)). He talks about the Brothers feckless parents and sketchy upbringing. I am left with the same question he is - how would kids who have not shown anything in the way of incentive or ideas manage to build bombs and execute a plan - all on their own. This is certainly a thought provoking book and well worth reading.

Aug 12, 2015

Interesting book, however I felt it did not really articulate reasons for this behaviour. I felt the author was distanced from cause and effect. Still interesting read.

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