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Book Review: The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy by Masha Gessen

By David Patrikarakos  

unnamed (1)The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy by Masha Gessen (Scribe, £14.99)

What made two young American boys build two pressure cooker bombs that killed and injured hundreds of their fellow citizens at a community marathon? This is the question that Masha Gessen seeks to answer in her new and provocative book The Tsarnaev Brothers. One of its central themes is dislocation—cultural, ethnic and emotional. The book opens in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian province of Dagestan, a place so miserable it looks to neighbouring Chechnya as a source of…

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