I complete my August 2020 Read of the Month, The Brothers The Road to an American Tragedy by Masha Gessen. Here are some thoughts:
- This is a very well-written, well researched book that puts much of the focus on the Tsarnaev brothers, their family members, and friends/associates. It is difficult to keep straight the individuals involved, even with nearly three pages of a "Cast of Characters" provided at the start of the book.
- Since the book focuses more on the Tsarnaev brothers and their friends and family there seems to be less focus on the crime itself. I really thought I would learn more about how the bombing was organized and executed. The same goes for the manhunt that takes place after the bombing. Much of this information was covered, but not with the depth of covering the individuals involved.
- Much of the book deals with Chechen culture, which I have no problem learning and reading about, I just wish there was more on the actual crime/man-hunt.
- I did appreciate the sections that address conspiracy theories of the crime. I also appreciated the coverage of the trials involving friends of the Tsarnaev brothers. Not much was mentioned by the media about this and I found it interesting how severe the punishment was for their friends that really were not involved with the bombing.
If you want to lear a great deal about Chechen culture and background of the Tsarnaev brothers this book is for you. If you want a lot of information on the crime, the man-hunt, and trial you may want to search for some of the other books that cover The Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013. Final review 3.5/5