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The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen

04/28/2015

The BrothersThis book tells the story of the Tsarnaev Brothers and the treatment of Muslim-Americans following the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Gessen is a meticulous researcher who takes the time to provide the reader with the whole picture. The author gives a succinct history of the mistreatment of Muslims, Chechens in particular, in the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation while simultaneously telling the story of the Tsarnaev Family. Gessen interviewed members of the the Chechen-American community, friends of the brothers, and scholars of terrorism to provide a comprehensive narrative of the events leading up to the bombing and its aftermath. We are left with a disheartening picture of the current treatment of immigrants and Muslims in America and two young men who traumatized thousands with an act of violence.

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