“The Brothers – the Road to an American Tragedy” by Masha Gessen

The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy

I remember where I was when I heard that the Boston Marathon had been bombed on April 15, 2013. I was at work, where somebody always had a radio on. I felt surprise and sadness. Sadness because the Boston Marathon was so wholesome, so much fun for the Boston, so positive and exciting. I attended a few years previous, staying with my sister in Natick MA, a block from the marathon course. I cheered and waved and enjoyed myself, thinking “I should do this every year!”

I have not returned.

This documentary book is detailed and well organized. I didn’t read it completely, but I’m glad to know I can refer to it when I wish.

I also glanced at Gessen’s book The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. More careful documentation. Finally, Gessen published Surviving Autocracy in June of 2020. I hope I don’t need it.


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