The Brothers

The Road to an American Tragedy
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100087509
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101923443
Narrator/s: Hillary Huber
Publisher: Books on Tape
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National Book Award winner Masha Gessen tells an important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, 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. 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? Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talents to tell the full story. An immigrant herself, who came to the Boston area with her family as a teenager, she returned to the former Soviet Union in her early twenties and covered firsthand the transformations that were wracking her homeland and its neighboring regions. It is there that the history of the Tsarnaev brothers truly begins, as descendants of ethnic Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. Gessen follows the family in their futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new emigres, in the looking-glass, utterly disorienting world of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most crucially, she reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the brothers, incubating a deadly sense of mission. And she traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but sense of self elsewhere.

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Author(s): Masha Gessen
Product Number EB00590384
Released: Apr 07, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: #9780698148703

Professional reviews

"Having immigrated to the United States from Russia as a teenager herself, author Masha Gessen offers some personal insight into the cultural dislocation that may have contributed to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's radicalization into the infamous Boston Marathon bombers. Narrator Hillary Huber's performance is commendable, ultimately compensating for the dissatisfying nature of the book itself, which offers a great deal in the way of conjecture but little in the way of answers. Huber's pacing is measured, and her voicing straightforward and easy to listen to as she describes the Tsarnaev family background, the history of Chechnya and Dagestan, and various theories about the bombings and what led to them. The material is interesting and well presented by the narrator but lacks in-depth information that would more fully illuminate this case. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"