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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954484
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Long Mile Home

"A new book about the Boston Marathon bombings last April is more gripping than a mystery novel, has more deeply drawn characters than a literary novel and is enriched by the details of a history book...It's an incredible story, and the heart-rending pictures in the middle of the book are a stark reminder that it's real, not fiction." - Associated Press

"The account by tow Boston Globe reporters, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, succeeds in every way. It is a harrowing narrative of the events and a behind-the-scenes look at the public officials and everyday people forever changed by the attack. It is also a portrait of a major American city, its psyche and the distance runners who consider the race a sacred rite." - The Washington Post

"Long Mile Home—at times gripping, occasionally hopeful, always heartbreaking—is essential to understanding what happened last April, and, in some ways, the city in which those events happened." - Boston Globe 

“A riveting piece of journalism and an exceptional tribute to a great American city that manages to avoid being sentimental or syrupy.” –USA TODAY

“Accounts of heroism, pride, and victory in the aftermath of tragedy make this must-read surprisingly uplifting”—Fitness

"This is a stunning, mesmerizing and fascinating book. We get to see the horror close up, its beginnings, enactment and its terrible legacies. This is a remarkable achievement of a still stupefying act." - Providence Journal

"[A] gripping account”—New York Daily News

“A suspenseful and emotional experience.”—Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"A wonderful work of narrative journalism" - The Telegraph

"In a remarkable work of narrative journalism, Boston Globe journalists Helman (co-author: The Real Romney, 2012) and Russell (co-author: Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, 2009), with support from their comrades at the Globe’s news department, map out the heartbreaks, dogged pursuits and courageous acts of defiance that resulted from one of America’s most foolhardy and cowardly acts of terrorism...Journalism that demonstrates all the arguments why we need professionals to tell the stories that mark our generations and a valentine to the people that proved Boston Strong." - Kirkus

About the Author

SCOTT HELMAN is a staff writer at The Boston Globe Magazine and coauthor of The Real Romney.

JENNA RUSSELL was one of the reporters at the forefront of the Globe’s coverage of the bombings and is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Last Lion. Both authors live in Boston.

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Customer Reviews

Personal struggles and triumphs as well.
Rick Copithorne
This is a definitive, well-written book about the 2013 bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
J. C. Chambers
This book will open a lot of eyes as you realize just what the survivors must have gone through.
Dale F. Abbott

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Despite feeling that you already know this story from the wall-to-wall coverage it received on cable news channels a year ago, there is likely much you didn't know, or affected individuals or families whose stories you don't know or won't have remembered. Helman and Russell, based on painstaking research and interviews, take the reader back to each of the events, and the people participating in them as organizers, perpetrators, victims and first responders. Each detail is compelling as it helps to document an event that will forever be a part of Boston and US history. The lessons to be learned are not left out, and sadly we need to bear them in mind when future attacks like this occur.

It's evident that not everyone wanted their story told, and clearly the authors had to set limits as well, so the one short-coming for me was the unfulfilled desire to read even more personal stories than the book offers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book reader on April 5, 2014
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This is not only a book you stay up late reading, it answers the questions you might have about the bombing, and the background conveys some of the flavor, qualities and attitudes of Boston and Bostonians. For me, it ranks up there with Helter Skelter as a narrative of a horrible crime.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Brock on April 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The authors bring the cowardly act of brothers/terrorists setting off two hand-made bombs right in the middle of spectators at last year's Boston Marathon to the individual level. We learn what it felt like for the victims and their families during and after the bombing. The story goes behind the headlines to really understand what happened and how it happend. It is compelling reading for those who followed the story at the time as well as those not so familiar. This is a must read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, who are reporters for The Boston Globe, is an absorbing, balanced and well-written account which brings back images of the fear and chaos that ruled the city in the immediate aftermath of the attack. However, the Long Mile Home is not just about a city under attack, it is also about hope, courage, determination and justice.

Piecing together valuable information from different sources and from first-person accounts, Scott Helman and Jenna Russell painted the story of a city that refused to cower in fear. When explosives ripped apart the crowds at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a certain sense of satisfaction must have rubbed into the hearts of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But it was short-lived. Though the two bombs at the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260, launching a manhunt that gripped the United States and the world, the dogged fortitude and resilience of the people prevailed.

Many will remember the Boston Marathon for the 26 seconds of silence to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Yet, in a tragic twist to the tale, the race itself came under attack. Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice by Scott Helman and Jenna Russell is a compelling story that tells how a community arose as one, stood as one and lived together as one as a result of one sinister plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on May 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
There is no book that can satisfy the obsessive search for details that locals crave about the Boston Marathon bombings. But "Long Mile Home" is a start.

Focusing mainly on 5 individuals -- Heather Abbot, wounded at the Forum Restaurant; Krystal Campbell, killed by the first blast; race director Dick McGillivray; Mass General surgeon Dr. David King; and police officer Shana Cottone-- authors Helman and Russell take us from the preparation for the marathon through the bombing to the lives of the participants and their families as they struggle to move forward.

For a series of events that took place over only 5 days -- from the running of the Marathon on Monday, April 15, 2013 to the capture of the last Tsarnaev brother on Friday the 19th -- there is a vast expanse of ground to cover -- especially for Bostonians who were glued to the media for the whole time, who know the area and who have played the events over and over in their minds. Helman and Russell did a good job of digging up the tangled backstory of the Tsarnaevs, who fled Russia's fractured economy and dirty politics for a better chance in the US. We get sketches of each of the book's main subjects, including Krystal Campbell, the promising young women who is no longer available to speak for herself. But 300 pages is hardly enough room to cover every aspects of a story that directly drew so many into its web. The week included the bombings themselves, the frenzied attempt of bystanders and first responders to save lives, the heroics in local surgical suites, law enforcement's search for clues, a presidential visit to the wounded, a dead cop at MIT, a car hijacking followed by a wild firefight in Watertown, the historic shutdown of the Boston area, followed by the apprehension of the main suspect.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shani on April 7, 2014
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I got this book today and flew through it. I loved it, and it was presented in a clear, fascinating manner. The survivors and victims are presented as real people. There is none of the silliness of prejudiced tv coverage. Well done and unsettling a year later. I am not a professional reviewer, and this is an honest review.
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