Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice [NOOK Book]


In the tradition of 102 Minutes and Columbine, the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from The Boston Globe and published to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedy

Long Mile Home will tell the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; ...
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In the tradition of 102 Minutes and Columbine, the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers, written by reporters from The Boston Globe and published to coincide with the first anniversary of the tragedy

Long Mile Home will tell the gripping story of the tragic, surreal, and ultimately inspiring week of April 15, 2013: the preparations of the bombers; the glory of the race; the extraordinary emergency response to the explosions; the massive deployment of city, state, and federal law enforcement personnel; and the nation’s and the world’s emotional and humanitarian response before, during, and after the apprehension of the suspects.

The authors, both journalists at The Boston Globe, are backed by that paper’s deep, relentless, and widely praised coverage of the event. Through the eyes of seven principal characters including the bombers, the wounded, a victim, a cop, and a doctor, Helman and Russell will trace the distinct paths that brought them together. With an unprecedented level of detail and insight, the book will offer revelations, insights, and powerful stories of heroism and humanity.

Long Mile Home will also highlight the bravery, resourcefulness, and resiliency of the Boston community. It will portray the city on its worst day but also at its best.
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We all know about those fifteen seconds near the finish line 2013 Boston Marathon when all hell broke loose. What we need to know is what happened in the week before and after the bombings. Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell now tell this story of the sudden transformation of euphoria and horror and the aftermath of events that killed four people and injured hundreds. Editor's recommendation.

Library Journal
★ 04/15/2014
The Boston Globe's extensive coverage of the April 15, 2013, attack on the Boston Marathon forms the foundation of this work by Globe reporters Helman and Russell. A compelling and comprehensive narrative woven together from five different perspectives, the title includes a sixth: that of the bombers and their family. It tells the definitive story of the event, starting before the bombings and covering through to their aftermath. Despite the multitude of sources drawn upon, the writing is seamless and riveting; the authors expertly place the reader in the center of the action: on the sidewalk next to the bombers' backpacks, in a getaway car with the suspects, in a hospital elevator with President Barack Obama, and inside the minds of the responders and investigators. VERDICT This well-crafted tale is likely of most interest to readers similar to the people profiled: marathoners, hospital staff, emergency responders, police, investigators, and Bostonians. Sensitive in its treatment and thrilling in its pace and immediacy, the book will also appeal to those who enjoy reading about crime, disaster-response planning, and current events.—Ricardo Laskaris, York Univ. Lib., Toronto
Publishers Weekly
On one of the most picture perfect race days in recent memory, two homemade bombsrocked the finished line of the Boston Marathon and plunged New England's largest city into shock as local, state and federal law enforcement officers fanned out to track down Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Chechen immigrant brothers whose disillusionment with the U.S. allegedly led to one of the country's most deadly terrorist attacks. The account by two award-winning Boston Globe reporters mirrors newspaper's original coverage. They get inside the heads of dozens of the participants, including a doctor who ran the race and tended to bombing victims, a Boston police officer, a marathon official, one of the injured spectators, and intermingle those riveting tales with stories about the four people who died in the tragedy. As the manhunt unfolds, the tactical moves by local law enforcement officials and political leaders take center stage. With a tone that owes more to breathless storytelling than dispassionate newsgathering, the book sometimes skirts the edge of melodrama. But the authors succeed in communicating an authentic sense of the anxiety and claustrophobia that gripped the region and the resilience that emerged from the ordeal. (Apr.)
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“[A] gripping account.”—New York Daily News
“A riveting piece of journalism and an exceptional tribute to a great American city that manages to avoid being sentimental or syrupy.”—USA Today

“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
“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.”—The Providence Journal

Kirkus Reviews
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. Most readers will remember the shock and awe that emerged when two improvised explosive devices—pressure cookers outfitted with nails and other fierce forms of shrapnel—ripped apart the crowds at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The authors could have chosen to focus on the single-minded manhunt by the FBI and the Boston police department, which ultimately killed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and arrested his younger brother Dzhokhar with grievous gunshot wounds, and their story is told here with fine reportage. But instead of closing the book with the arrest, the authors tell the story of the event through very human eyes. They include the stories of marathon organizer Dave McGillivray, who was helpless to maintain control, Shana Cottone, a Boston police officer who questions her response to the emergency; and Heather Abbott, one of more than a dozen people to lose limbs in the bombing. There were three people killed during the bombing, here represented by the family of Krystle Campbell, a young woman whose case of mistaken identity worsened one family's awful grief. Many of the scenes are heart-wrenching, but it's worth getting through, as the book portrays a defiant Boston, resilient victims, and the determination of a community that two naïve, dimwitted youths will never strike enough fear into a city that it won't rise again. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698157248
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 98,197
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet 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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Reprinted by arrangement with Dutton, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Boston Globe Media Partners LLC, 2014.


Boston under Attack, The City’s Courageous Recovery, and the Epic Hunt for Justice

By Scott Helman and Jenna Russell

That’s not a cannon, Bostonfirefighter Sean O’Brien thought when he heardthe first explosion. Maybe a transformer? He was standing in front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a couple blocksbefore the finish line. “Obie, that’s a bomb,” the firefighter next to him said. Right then, a second explosion tore through the sidewalk across the street. The first blast had happened in front of Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston Street. The second explosion, just twelve seconds later, detonated one block to the west, in front of Forum restaurant, at 755 Boylston. Both spots were packed with afternoon crowds. Those who could ran for their lives, away from whatever might happen next – a third bomb? A fourth? Many, like O’Brien, thought the first blast was some kind of accident. When the second echoed, they knew it was something much worse.

O’Brien’s thoughts raced first to his wife and his four daughters. In an instant, he sorted through hisrecent interactions with themand found them acceptable. No fights, no harsh words would stand among their final memories of him. Then he moved forward, over thebarricade toward the bomb scene, the wounded walking toward him in a daze. He could smell the burning. He looked back across the street, near the spot where he’djustbeen standing, and saw a little girl’s bag, pink with flowers, abandoned on the sidewalk. That one’s next, he thought. I know it. He waited for the pink bag to blow up.

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The firstexplosion hadrippled the surface of Jason Geremia’s drink as he stood near the bar inside Forum. Conversations around him stopped midsentence. Smiles faded, replaced by looks of confusion. “What was that?” the bartender asked. The sound was loud, but far enough away that it wasn’t clear what had caused it. Jason turned to look at the front entrance and saw his friends Michelle and Jess standing in the doorway. He didn’t see Heather Abbott, who was supposed to be with them. Justthen the second blast blew his friends into the bar. They were stumbling forward, falling, as he grabbed them and pulled them to the back, away from Boylston Street and whatever had just happened. Everyone else was stampeding the same way.

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Brighid Wall threw her six-year-old son onto the ground when the second bomb exploded some ten feet away to theirright. She lay across him on the sidewalk, her pregnant belly beneath her, and looked back over her left shoulder at the dazed people covered with black soot. She saw a man struggling to stand up; she realized he was struggling because he was missing a leg. The urge to flee seized her then, pushing away shock and fear, and she scanned the ground, looking for the bag that held her car keys. She stood up. Her husband grabbed their son and nephew. A stranger picked up her four-year-old daughter and they all ran into the Starbucks next door to Forum, blood and broken glass and spilled coffee under their feet. People were screaming but the children were silent – waiting, she realized, for someone to make them safe.

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Searching in the smoke for one of his friends, Mike Chase came across a man holding seven-year-old Jane Richard in his arms. “We gotta do something here,” said the man, an off-duty firefighter named Matt Patterson. Chase, a high school soccer coach who had been watching the race, grabbed the belt Patterson had wrapped around the child’s thigh and pulled it tight. Her leg was in bad shape. Jane’s father, Bill Richard, was nearby, holding tight to his oldest son, Henry, who was not badly hurt. Chase looked down and saw his missing friend, Dan Marshall, kneeling on the ground over another little boy. Others bent to join him, trying to help Martin. “My son, my son,” the stricken father said. There was nothing anyone could do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    This should be considered a work of fiction...as the liberal aut

    This should be considered a work of fiction...as the liberal authors REALLY didn't delve into the total breakdown of the Boston Police, FBI, numerous federal 1st responder teams, and other local police departments. These agencies, with TOTAL APPROVAL FROM NUMEROUS political leaders, ran amok in the Boston area...simply to apprehend TWO suspects. The political leadership and police agencies totally ignored millions of citizens 4th Amendment rights to be safe in their homes without approved search, and were UNABLE to travel unhindered through-out the city and ESPECIALLY in their own neighborhoods.

    There were numerous incidents of police arriving at several locations throughout the city and simply blasting away indiscriminately putting the citizens of the city in jeopardy. There was some mention in the book of this, but the liberal minded authors simply would not criticize the law enforcement community. ...such a shame to allow LE to shut down and shoot up a city and the press just stand by. You SHOULD be ashamed...

    You FORGOT to interview the thousands of citizens who were more afraid of the police during this time period than they were of the terrorist brothers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    A Must Read

    I am in the middle of reading this most thoughtful book.....The authors are doing an amazing job of relating the stories of those who were affected personally by this tragedy. I am in awe at the details that they have been able to include....so meaningful is the reminder that there were so many acts of kindness and caring....in spite of the horror caused by just two people. The fact that this years marathon has recently been completed with such success (and with a fellow San Diegan winning) makes this book even more meaningful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    Great read could no stop reading once started. Would highly recommend this read.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

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    Long Mile Home: Boston Under Attack, the City's Courageous Recov

    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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