The Brothers

The Brothers

The Road to An American Tragedy

Book - 2015
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In an effort to determine why the atrocity occurred, the author traces the lives of the two immigrant brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781594632648
Characteristics: xiv, 273 p. : maps ; 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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