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Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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