The Brothers

The Brothers

The Road to An American Tragedy

Book - 2015
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"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. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven't learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?"
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, .2015
New York : Riverhead Books, .2015
ISBN: 9781594632648
Branch Call Number: 363.325 GES 2015
Characteristics: xiv, 273 pages, 1 unnumbered page ; 24 cm


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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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