The Brothers: A Tragedy Decades in the Making

Through a recent conversation about Russian politics, I learned about Masha Gessen’s 2015 book “The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy,” about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, the brothers behind the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Both had been written off as radicalized Chechens whose newfound religious zeal caused them to avenge their Muslim brothers, but Gessen sought to find a deeper, more…