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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

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525954481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525954484
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Long Mile Home is a richly detailed account of the Boston Marathon Bombing of 2013, written by two of the Pulitzer-Prize winning team of reporters from The Boston Globe. The book reads like fiction, with minute-by-minute portraits of the race officials, the bombers and the victims. I have recommended this book to numerous friends; I have no hesitation in rating it 5 stars! (If it holds any disappointment, it is in the lack of information about the young widow of the older bomber, but I presume she was not disposed to give interviews. The authors are meticulous in their documentation of facts and refrain from speculation when information is lacking. I appreciate that!)
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I couldn't put this book down, though we all know the ending. I so appreciated getting to know some of the others, police, marathon leaders, doctors and victims/survivors beyond the headlines. The story is retold in a gentle way, respectful of the community and the great pain behind their words. It is a worthy tribute to Boston, the marathon tradition, and the people who suffered through this terrible, unfathomable, tragedy. Thanks to the authors for pulling all the pieces together.
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as a runner it was inspiring and heartbreaking. I ran Boston when I turned 50, a kind of milestone for any average runner and when I heard about the bombing I was so shocked. It also brought home the horrors of what blind hatred and extremism can do. The courage of the people who were injured and the people who came to their aid was extraordinary. I hope the trial comes and goes without fanfare and the second perpetrator is convicted and jailed for the rest of his life. Others, because of his and his brother's actions, must live with loss of their loved ones and physical as well as emotional damage the rest of theirs.
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