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- KurzbeschreibungAn important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the nightmare that resulted. <br>On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven't learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?<br>Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talents to tell the full story. An immigrant herself, who came to the Boston area with her family as a teenager, she returned to the former Soviet Union in her early twenties and covered firsthand the transformations that were wracking her homeland and its neighboring regions. It is there that the history of the Tsarnaev brothers truly begins, as descendants of ethnic Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. Gessen follows the family in their futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new émigrés, in the looking-glass, utterly disorienting world of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most crucially, she reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the brothers, incubating a deadly sense of mission. And she traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but sense of self elsewhere.
- AutorMasha Gessen
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten288 Seiten
- Gewicht493 g
- Leseprobe<br>CAST OF CHARACTERS<br>THE TSARNAEV FAMILY<br>The Brothers: Tamerlan, wife Karima (formerly Katherine Russell), daughter Zahira; and Dzhokhar (later Jahar)<br>Parents: Anzor and Zubeidat<br>Paternal grandparents: Zayndy and Liza<br>Paternal uncles, aunts, and cousins: Ayndy; Malkan and son Husein; Maret; Alvi, wife Zhanar, children Aindy and Luiza; Ruslan, first wife Samantha Fuller, father-in-law Graham Fuller<br>Sisters: Bella, husband Rizvan, son Ramzan; Ailina, husband Elmirza, son Ziaudy<br>Cousin: Jamal Tsarnaev<br>KYRGYZSTAN<br>Friends and neighbors: Semyon and Alladin Abaev, Anzor's closest friends; Badrudi and Zina Tsokaev, neighbors and advisors; Alaudin and Aziz Batukaev, organized-crime bosses; Raisa Batukaeva, next-door neighbor and unofficial Chechen community leader; Ruslan Zakriev, owner of amusement park and official leader of Chechen community; Yakha Tsokaeva and Madina, friends in Bishkek, the capital<br>School personnel: Lubov Shulzhenko, Tamerlan's principal; Natalya Kurochkina, Tamerlan's grade-school teacher<br>DAGESTAN<br>Gasan Gasanaliyev, imam of Makhachkala's Kotrov Street mosque<br>Magomed Kartashov, Tamerlan's second cousin, head of Union of the Just<br>Mohammed Gadzhiev, Kartashov's deputy<br>Kheda Saratova, human rights advocate<br>BOSTON AREA<br>Other Chechen immigrant families: Khassan Baiev (sambo champion, plastic surgeon, author), wife Zara Tokaeva, children Islam and Maryam; Makhmud (Max) Mazaev (owner of an elder-care center), wife Anna, son Baudy (Boston University student); Hamzat Umarov, wife Raisa<br>Joanna Herlihy, the Tsarnaevs' landlady<br>Nadine Ascencao, Tamerlan's girlfriend<br>Brendan Mess, Tamerlan's best friend, murdered in 2011 along with Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken<br>Donald Larking, home-care client of Zubeidat and later Karima<br>Norfolk Street neighbors: Rinat Harel, Chris LaRoche<br>At Cambridge Rindge and Latin: Larry Aaronson, retired history teacher and photographer; Steve Matteo, English teacher; Lulu Emmons, former classmate of Jahar's; Luis Vasquez, Tamerlan's friend<br>Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi, marathon bombing victim who was an early suspect<br>Other early suspects: Sunil Tripathi, Salaheddin Barhoum, Yassine Zaimi<br>Boston-area law enforcement: Sean Collier, murdered MIT campus security officer; Richard Donohue, wounded transit cop; Jeff Pugliese, Watertown policeman; David Earle, Essex County police detective also on the Joint Terrorism Task Force; Timothy Alben, Massachusetts State Police superintendent; Farbod Azad, Kenneth Benton, Scott Cieplik, Michael Delapena, Richard DesLauriers, Dwight Schwader, John Walker, Sara Wood, all FBI; Douglas Woodlock, federal judge; Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney
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